Parrish Road Show: Esly E. Escobar

Esly E. Escobar, Moonie, 2016. Photo courtesy the artist
Parrish Road Show: Esly E. Escobar
August 18, 2018 to September 15, 2018

Quail Hill Farm, 660 Old Stone Hwy, Amagansett, NY 11930

RSVP here for the opening reception on Saturday, August 18, 3-5 pm at Quail Hill Farm

Parrish Road Show, now in its seventh year, is the Parrish Art Museum's creative off-site summer series featuring temporary projects by East End artists. Road Show is designed to deeply connect creativity to everyday life by presenting exhibitions and programs in unexpected places across the region—from public parks to historic sites, beaches, and highways.

Westhampton-based visual artist and abstract painter Esly E. Escobar (b. 1981) was born in Guatemala and raised in the United States. His work combines techniques from Abstract Expressionism, readymade found art, assemblage and collage, and various drip painting methods. 

For Parrish Road Show at Quail Hill Farm in Amagansett, Escobar will create Playground, a site-specific installation including an abstract figure made of balls used in a variety of sports—tennis, soccer, golf, and basketball—surrounded by toys. The installation comments on the wide range of social strata on the East End who engage in these sports, bringing them together in a figure of positive energy.

Quail Hill Farm is one of the original Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms in the U.S., on land donated to the Peconic Land Trust by Deborah Ann Light. Since it was established in 1990, Quail Hill Farm has grown to 30 acres serving over 250 families and delivering fresh food to local restaurants and food pantries. Central to its mission is to educate the public about soil health, seed supply, food security, and sustainable organic farming practices. Established in 1983, the Peconic Land Trust conserves Long Island's working farms, natural lands and heritage for our communities now and in the future.

About Esly E. Escobar

Esly E. Escobar 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—most recently, incorporating album covers of old LPs into his mixed media paintings. Escobar’s work was featured in the solo exhibition Colorful Journey at The Remsenburg Academy, NY, summer 2017, and an earlier solo show at the gallery in 2015. His work has been featured in three group shows in 2016 (Guild Hall, East Hampton; East End Arts, Riverhead; Westhampton Library); and again at the Westhampton Library in December, 2017.  His work is in several private collections.

Parrish Road Show 2018 is generously supported in part by Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, and Jane Wesman and Donald Savelson. Public funding provided by Suffolk County.