Remsenburg Academy: Parrish Road Show — Escobar’s ‘Playground’ / 8.18 to 9.15






Esly E. Escobar (b. Guatemala, 1981) Playground, 2018, (detail). Tennis balls, oil and acrylic paint, and silicon glue.


The Parrish Art Museum has selected Westhampton-based sculptor and abstract painter Esly E. Escobar (b. 1981, Guatemala) as one of two artists featured in 2018 Parrish Road Show. Now in its seventh year, Parrish Road Show is the Museum’s creative off-site summer exhibition series featuring temporary projects by East End artists in unexpected places. Escobar will present his site-specific sculpture Playground at The Remsenburg Academy in Remsenburg, August 18 – September 15, visible at all times. The work consists of figures made from nearly 10,000 balls used for tennis, golf, soccer, basketball, and football. Through Playground, Escobar 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.”  An opening reception, on August 18, 3–5pm, is free and open to the public.

“Esly’s Playground will live up to its name by uniting Hamptonites through something they are so passionate about—sports. Those who play tennis or golf typically don’t interact with those who play soccer or basketball, but in Esly’s world they do,” said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.

Balls for the installation were largely donated 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. The many donations included hundreds of golf balls from both The Bridge Golf Club—some imprinted with the private Southampton club’s logo—and multi-colored golf balls from Southampton resident/avid golfer William Mott; hundreds of tennis balls from Buckskill Winter and Tennis Club in East Hampton as well as The Bridgehampton Club; basketballs from Southampton student athlete Elijah Wingfield; and dozens of soccer balls from Southampton Youth Services.

Every element of Playground is created entirely of these balls. Abstract figures representing sport participants are combined into one monumental seated figure, estimated by the artist to measure approximately 12 feet high x 10 feet wide. This central character will be surrounded by “toys”—small sculptures made of the same materials. The title of the work, Playground, is a take on playing a sport, while evoking the freedom and joy of children from all types of families playing in a communal space. The “ground” selected for the installation is The Remsenburg Academy, located three miles west of Westhampton.

The siting of Playground at Remsenburg speaks to the mission of Road Show to make art available free of charge to all members of the community and visitors to the East End of Long Island. The installation will be on the front lawn facing South Country Road, making it highly visible at all times to passersby on foot or in transit. In addition to his Parrish Road Showexhibition, Escobar’s abstract paintings will be on view inside the Academy as part of a solo exhibition entitled, Magnum Opus.


2018 PARRISH ROAD SHOW: Esly E. Escobar: Playground

Outdoor installation visible at all times

August 18 – September 15

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



Free and open to the public

Saturday, August 18, 3-5pm

RSVP required,


Thursday, August 23, 5pm

Note location: Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY


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. 

The Remsenburg Academy 


A former private boys’ school established in 1885 and recently named a Landmark by the Town of Southampton, The Remsenburg Academy plays a key role in the everyday life of the community. The building now houses a library and is used year round for a broad range of programs including community meetings, social events, lectures, and fine art exhibitions.Parrish Road Show is hosted by ArtRemsenburg, a series of summer art shows at the Academy. ArtRemsenburg is sponsored, in part, by a cultural arts grant from the Town of Southampton and by East End Arts.

Road Show: Esly E. Escobar: Playground is generously supported, in part, by Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, and Jane Wesman and Donald Savelson. Public funding provided by Suffolk County. Hamptons ArtHub is the digital media sponsor.


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 photographs © Jeff Heatley.


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