• Scott Bluedorn with his Bonac Blind, October 2020. Photo: Lori Hawkins

  • Scott Bluedorn with his Bonac Blind (interior, with wallpaper), October 2020. Photo: Lori Hawkins

  • Scott Bluedorn in his Bonac Blind, October 2020. Image courtesy the artist.

Bonac Blind

October 18, 2020-May 4, 2021

For the 2020 Parrish Road Show, Scott Bluedorn created the Bonac Blind, a floating, mostly handmade dwelling constructed from a repurposed duck blind structure. The work draws attention to the drastic shortage of affordable housing in the Hamptons that has effected a mass exodus of working-class people, especially in the older local families native to East Hampton known as ‘Bonackers’ or ‘Bub’s’. This population, traditionally farmers, fishermen and hunters, is increasingly leaving the place they called home for generations for more affordable regions, causing a loss of town character, history, culture, and tradition. The Bonac Blind is a purposely tongue-in-cheek solution to housing by proposing that a duck blind, otherwise a camouflaged shed to hide in while hunting ducks, can be remade into a tiny and affordable floating house, complete with off-grid amenities such as solar power and a composting toilet. It speaks to the current popular trend of tiny homes that are sustainable, resilient, and adaptive as well as the desire to separate oneself (physically and hermetically) from the “wealthy elite” culture of the Hamptons. The Bonac Blind alludes to traditional Bonac culture of hunting, fishing, and austere living in the natural environment and will be fully functional and designed with found or donated objects and decorated with genuine artworks.

Now in its ninth year, the Parrish Road Show is the Museum’s annual creative off-site cultural engagement program. Every year, East End artists are invited to create new work for temporary projects and engage residents in their process. In an effort to deeply connect art and creativity to everyday life, the exhibitions take place at public sites across the region—cultural and historical organizations, public parks and highways, and community centers—and the artists offer public talks and artmaking workshops for children and adults.

Parrish Road Show 2020: Scott Bluedorn—Bonac Barge is organized by Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects. Parrish Road Show: Scott Bluedorn—Bonac Barge is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, and Jane Wesman and Donald Savelson. Public funding provided by Suffolk County. The Museum’s exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the property taxpayers from the Southampton Union Free School District and the Tuckahoe Common School District.


Audio Tour

Parrish Road Show 2020: Scott Bluedorn – Bonac Blind from Parrish Art Museum on Vimeo.





Friday, January 15, 5pm  FRIDAY NIGHTS LIVE!

LIVE-STREAM TALK: Panel with Scott Bluedorn on Preservation and Affordable Housing

Friday, December 18, 3 pm


Kick off the holidays with a socially distanced docent led walking tour through the Field of Dreams and meet the 2020 Parrish Road Show artist Scott Bluedorn, who will be onsite to give tours of his work.

Sunday, October 18, 12–2 pm and 3–5 pm


Landing Lane, Springs, East Hampton (off Old Stone Highway)
Meet Parrish Road Show artist Scott Bluedorn and explore the Bonac Blind. RSVP required.

Friday, October 16, 5 pm


At the Parrish Art Museum Lichtenstein Theater and streamed online

Parrish Road Show artist Scott Bluedorn in conversation with Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.


About Scott Bluedorn (b. 1986, Southampton, NY)

Scott Bluedorn received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. His work is on view at The Edward Albee Foundation in New York City, and is included in numerous private collections in the U.S., Canada, Ireland, France, and Portugal.


Subanimalia, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Greenport, NY (2018)

Current Archive, Stick and Stone, Amagansett, NY (2018)

Scott Bluedorn, ArtUnprimed Space, East Hampton, NY (2017)

Scott Bluedorn and Paton Miller, 4 North Main Street Gallery, Southampton, NY (2017)

Maritime Cosmology, Jackson Carriage House, Amagansett, NY (2015)

Theo Blue: Flotssemblage, Montauk Beach House, Montauk, NY (2014)


Artists Choose Artists, Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, NY (2019)

52nd Annual Artists of the Springs Invitational, Ashawagh Hall, Springs, NY (2019)

Winter Drawing Show, FolioEast, East Hampton, NY (2019)

In the Cloud, Kathryn Markel, Bridgehampton, NY (2019)

The Barn Show 2018, Johannes Vogt Gallery, East Hampton, NY (2018)

Sea and Sky, Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, Sag Harbor, NY (2018)

Untitled Projects, Crush Curatorial, Amagansett, NY (2018)

51st Artists of the Springs Invitational, Ashawagh Hall, Springs, NY (2018)