Bushwick Snowball Fight (gif courtesy of Holly Marie Mills and Jacob Jurewicz)

From winter wonderland to icy cold, to FML it’s fuhreezing, this week’s cold snap has been like that annoying houseguest that just won’t leave. Fear not my fair art lovers, for this weekend it’s not just the temperatures that are warming up- galleries and art spaces all over Bushwick are opening from their long winter naps with exciting new and well-curated shows that will give you the best reason to get out of your apartment this weekend since the invention of bottomless brunch!

#1 Norm Paris: Containerful @ TSA New York (FRI 7-10PM)

Norm Paris, Crate for Jackie’s Bowling Trophy (detail), Graphite on Paper 41.25” x 90” (image courtesy of TSA)

This collection of conceptual works by Norm Paris combine impeccable draftmanship with a delightfully contrived sense of reality.  As if mapping out an exotic and ancient tomb, Paris first starts with an imagined artifact that he think works to create a box or container for.  Taking this altered sense of the past to another conceptual point, not only is he recreating a communal history, but he is also forcing the viewer to see the object in its absence.  Like the drawing of the lamb in the fable The Little Prince, Paris wants us to be able to envision the lamb within the box, giving us possibly a truer idea of the object by its omission.

#2 Judith Braun, Linda Herritt, Oriane Stender @ Valentine (FRI 6-9PM)

Oriane Stender at Valentine (image courtesy of Valentine)

The three artists on view at Valentine this weekend all push their practice from the constraints of a canvas or a piece of paper, onto the wall of the gallery. In this collection of wall pieces and drawings, the works by Braun, Herritt, and Stender leap off the wall and into the space of the gallery. Defined by not only the process and site-specificity, the works will push viewers to see the works within the space, changing the experience.

#3 Pulp @ Lorimoto Gallery (SAT 6-9PM)

Clive Murphy at Lorimoto (image courtesy of Lorimoto)

This weekend Lorimoto Gallery will present the works of three artists- Anastasia Zielinski, Clive Murphy, and Michael Leavitt, that all push the boundaries of paper-based pieces. From the paper sculptures from Leavitt’s Hip Hopjects series that are not just beautiful but also function, to the intricate collages from Zielinski, to Murphy’s reconstructed and reimagined cardboard boxes, the show is sure to offer a thoughtful and whimsical view of the endless possibilities of commonplace paper.

#4 Actualize @ Ortega y Gasset Projects (SAT 6-9PM)

Monica Palma at Ortega Y Gasset Projects (image courtesy of Ortega Y Gasset)

While the artists present in this weekend’s exhibition at Ortega y Gasset work within a variety of media and style, they all work with a clear mindfulness and intention.  Curator Jessica Langley, the exhibition means to focus on the artistic process and the act of making, while not forgetting the concept and inspiration of the work as an important step in this process.

#5 Heather Guertin: Heand @ Interstate Projects (SAT 6-10PM)

Heather Guertin at Interstate Projects (image courtesy of Interstate Projects)

Full of light and movement, the painted compositions of Heather Guertin on view at Interstate Projects this weekend possess a sense of motion, figure, and life, while simultaneously remaining abstract.  Guertin’s work seeks to capture the process of becoming; a state of incompletion, but full of the potential of realization. In addition to their movement and potential form, the dramatic colors create light bringing the composition even further to life.


#6 Tethered, freely. @ Sugar (SAT, 6-8PM)

Beginning this Saturday, the apartment gallery sugar will open its doors to show an ongoing and constantly shifting exhibition of various works by various artists. In its first iteration this weekend Sugar will present the works of twin sisters Jacqueline Lou Skaggs and Gwendolyn Charlene Skaggs.

#7 Notan Graphic Works From East to West @ Palisades 906 (SAT 6-8PM)

Featuring works by six Japanese artists based in New York, this exhibition at Palisades 906 will present works in a range of media, from sculpture, video animation, and ink drawing, to painting and prints. While not aligned in form or medium, the artists are linked by their heritage and the experiences in New York. The conflation of Eastern and Western influence is palpable here, yet there is more than just a “culture shock.”

#8 Sample Narrative: New Works on Paper and Felt by Meg Lipke @ Parallel Art Space (SAT 6-9PM)

Works by Meg Lipke (courtesy of Meg Lipke)

Meg Lipke’s works are simultaneously inspired by her Pacific Northwest home and her heritage from Manchester England. Working within a variety of media, Lipke’s work defies clear designation; it is neither sculpture nor painting nor tapestry. It is a conflation of her desire to integrate her family’s history in Manchester with the craft materials of her grandmother, as well as the natural elements of her current landscape in the Pacific Northwest, while clearly working within a framework of abstraction. Meg Lipke lives and works both in Bushwick and Upstate, NY.

#9 Genesis Forward Battery, organized by HKJB @ Underdonk (SAT 7PM)

A reaction to their previous show, End Times, which dealt with issues beauty, confusion and discomfort, Underdonk’s upcoming show, Genesis Forward Battery will instead offer the sense of new beginnings and formation in its choice of artwork that illustrates the roots of abstraction, figuration and conceptual ideas. With the new year comes new beginnings, and this show, the most recent production of Benjamin King and Jay Henderson’s HKJB curatorial project, will undoubtedly offer an opportunity to go back to the beginning to rethink some of the most fundamental tenets in art.


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