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Cool calm of the Parrish Art Museum

Written by Aksel Ritenis
It is paradoxical, on a sultry summer morning in Southampton, New York, land of designer labels and ladies-who-lunch, to walk into the cool calm of the Parrish Art Museum, where the gallery ceilings resemble those of an old railway station, and to view Adam Bartos’ exhibit, Liminal Ground, Long Island Photographs (2009-2011). These are not photos of high society homes or pale sand beaches, but instead, “images of places in between that might well go unrecorded were they not framed with his virtuoso camera.”*

A photograph entitled “Islip, New York” is one example. It pictures a set of stairs that slant up the side of an ordinary white house. A slatted bench tilts nearby, ready to crumple with weight. One window frame has been painted an optimistic Caribbean turquoise, as if the owner began to brighten the place, but gave up. The remainder is ramshackle, abandoned perhaps. I imagine that it is the type of house that sits on a main road, largely ignored, while drivers speed their way to more luxurious destinations. The exhibition title, liminal, comes from a Latin word meaning threshold, a point of entering or beginning. Another word—marginal—comes to mind when examining these sixteen fascinating images, which includes “Martin’s Marine” (pictured below). Each has an untold story.

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Aksel Ritenis

Axel is the Editor and Publisher of Connoisseur Magazine "for the Finer Things in Life" and has been the custodian of the magazine for over 10 years and leader of a team of freelance Journalists and Community Members who continue to make it all happen!-Join the Team at Connoisseur Magazine!

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