When designer and curator Lisa Perry heads to the workplace from her household on Lengthy Island’s East Conclude, she drives some 20 minutes to Onna Residence, the Zen modernist residence initially created for the effectively-identified Pop Artwork collectors Robert and Ethel Scull, in 1962. There, at the household she overhauled with Brooklyn-based mostly observe Harper Design + Construct, she is surrounded by operates of artwork and structure objects, all of which flaunt the imprint of female talents—think a multimedia book installation seemingly plucked from a classic library by Julie Wolfe, Kelly Behun’s smooth, ebonized, ash and solid metal desk, and geometry-patterned glazed ceramics from Sabra Moon Elliot. As of May 28, the general public is invited to tour Onna Property on a by appointment basis and to see Perry’s private assortment up close.
With its East Hampton residential location, Onna Dwelling, a metal and glass landmark courtesy of the late architect Paul Lester Wiener, is not a common gallery. Instead, it is an intimate gallery-like encounter offered in a “fresh, new way,” Perry instructed Advert Pro. It is also an organic outgrowth of her personal thoughtfully assembled collection of artworks that are unavailable for invest in by website visitors. “It was important for me to very first go to every single one 1 of these artists and say, ‘I imagine in your perform, so I’m getting your perform, and I’m going to get started accumulating your work, and 1 working day we will have a demonstrate of extra of your perform.’”
There is hope that, finally, artists from all disciplines will come to roost at Onna Property, sleeping in the guesthouse for the duration of residencies or creating collaborative works with fellow creators for a working day amid the normal landscape. Just about every of the bedrooms in the dwelling have been intentionally reworked to accommodate communal areas. Right after all, Onna Household is meant to provide as a collective, “a studio to meet up with and cling out with men and women,” as Perry puts it.
Kicking off the Onna House situations calendar and managing by June 25 is “Listening to the Thread,” an exhibition of dreamy, woven tapestries by Kyoto-bred Mitsuko Asakura, complemented by jewellery, mirrors, and contemplative paper attire from multidisciplinary Geneva artist Ligia Dias. “This is the initial gallery exhibit I have at any time completed in my lifetime,” Perry details out.