Parrish Art: Road Show Artists Discuss Their Work / August 23, 5 PM





Jeremy Dennis and Esly E. Escobar at the Parrish Art Museum. Photo: Olivia Packes

Jeremy Dennis and Esly E. Escobar, the Parrish Art Museum’s 2018 Parrish Road Show artists, will discuss their creative process, practice, and current off-site exhibitions with Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects on Thursday, August 23 at 5pm. Parrish Road Show is the Museum’s creative off-site summer exhibition series featuring temporary projects by East End artists in unexpected places. Shinnecock Indian Nation member Jeremy Dennis will speak about Stories—Dreams, Myths, and Experiencesa selection of his surrealistic photographs on view at the Arts Center at Duck Creek, East Hampton, through September 3.  Westhampton-based sculptor and abstract painter Esly E. Escobar will discuss his site-specific sculpture Playground, installed at The Remsenburg Academy in Remsenburg through September 15.

“I much look forward to talking to these two exciting, emerging artists from the area about their creative process and their experience of working with an institution like the Parrish,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.

Jeremy Dennis explores indigenous identity, assimilation, and tradition from the lens of a millennial in his work. To create his photographs, he stages supernatural images that transform Native American myths and legends into depictions of virtual experiences. Dennis selected the images for Stories—Dreams, Myths, and Experiences from his photography series Stories—Indigenous Oral Stories, Dreams and Myths, which he began in 2013. “The themes, aesthetics, morals, and Inspired by North American indigenous stories, stories of each image attempt to give Native American culture a contemporary agency to discuss the taboos of post-colonialism and universal global themes,” said the artist.

Escobar’s Playground consists of figures made from nearly 10,000 balls used for tennis, golf, soccer, basketball, and football. Abstract figures representing sport participants are combined into one monumental seated central character that will be surrounded by “toys”—small sculptures made of the same materials. Through Playground, the artist brings together the wide range of social strata in the Hamptons who engage in these sports, integrating them into what he describes as “a figure of positive energy.” Balls for the installation were donated largely by sport and private clubs as well as individuals on the East End in response to word of mouth requests by Parrish staff and Escobar, revealing another way the community is brought together through the project.  




Thursday, August 23, 5pm

Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY


August 11 – September 4, 2018

Friday – Sunday, 12 – 4pm, or schedule appointment at

Arts Center at Duck Creek, 127 Squaw Road, East Hampton, NY 11937

Free Public Reception: Saturday, August 11, 3-5pm    RSVP required at


2018 PARRISH ROAD SHOW: Esly E. Escobar: Playground

August 18 – September 15, 2018 

Outdoor installation visible at all times

The Remsenburg Academy, 130 South Country Road, Remsenburg, New York 11960

Free Public Reception: Saturday, August 18, 3-5pm   RSVP required,


Jeremy Dennis

Jeremy Dennis (b. 1990, Southampton) is a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, a federally recognized tribe headquartered in Southampton, on the East End of Long Island.

In 2018, Dennis received the Creative Bursary Award from Getty Images. In 2016, he was named one of 10 recipients of a Dreamstarter Grant from the national not-for-profit organization Running Strong for American Indian Youth, and the following year, he was an artist-in-residence at The Watermill Center. Both the grant and the residency resulted in Dennis’s creation ofOn this Site, an ongoing photography project consisting of an interactive website and subsequent book, which aims to represent the Shinnecock Tribe as a cultural producer and to create awareness of culturally significant and sensitive Native American locations throughout Long Island.

He has been part of several group and solo exhibitions, including Stories, From Where We Came, The Department of Art Gallery, Stony Brook University (2018); Trees Also Speak, Amelie A. Wallace Gallery, SUNY College at Old Westbury, NY (2018); Nothing Happened Here, Flecker Gallery at Suffolk County Community College, Selden, NY (2018); On This Site: Indigenous People of Suffolk County, Suffolk County Historical Society, Riverhead, NY (2017); Pauppukkeewis, Zoller Gallery, State College, PA (2016); and Dreams, Tabler Gallery, Stony Brook, NY (2012).Residencies include Eyes on Main Street Residency & Festival, Wilson, NC (2018), Watermill Center, Water Mill, NY (2017), and the Vermont Studio Center hosted by the Harpo Foundation (2016). Upcoming: North Mountain Residency, Shanghai, WV (2018), MDOC Storytellers’ Institute, Saratoga Springs, NY (2018).


Esly E. Escobar

Esly E. Escobar creates work that combines techniques from readymade found art, assemblage and collage, Abstract Expressionism, and drip painting methods. The artist generally works in large format painting, often combining oils, acrylics, and enamels into a single work. His organic process involves positioning canvases flat on the floor, layering and dripping paint in a 360-degree angle until an “identity” or “character” is revealed from the abstractions. According to the artist, some of these non-representational characters “take on names, personalities, quirks, and background narratives of their own.” Escobar also uses diptych and triptych formats, and experiments with odd-shaped canvases and found objects such as album covers of old LPs incorporated into his mixed media paintings.

Escobar’s work was featured in the solo exhibition Colorful Journey at The Remsenburg Academy in 2017, and in an earlier solo show there in 2015. His paintings were included in three group shows in 2016 (Guild Hall, East Hampton; East End Arts, Riverhead; Westhampton Library); and again at the Westhampton Library in 2017. Escobar’s work is in several private collections.


Parrish Road Show

Parrish Road Show began in August 2012, with the mission to present off-site installations in public places including parks, historic sites, oceans, and highways. Parrish Road Show is designed to deeply connect creativity to everyday life on Long Island’s East End through exhibitions and programs, which have included tours of a farming museum, art historical bike tour, local food tastings, and live music. Parrish Road Show 2018 features projects by photographer Jeremy Dennis and artist Esly E. Escobar. 


Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.


Parrish Art Museum photos © Jeff Heatley. 



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