Pull up curbside and mentally brush off those exhaust fumes as you arrive at your destination. Choose from OUTLET, 99¢ Plus Gallery, Microscope Gallery, Transmitter, Slag or Amos Eno Gallery, because the neighborhood’s turning up this Friday night with enough openings to keep the summer heat going.
Get in the car and go!
#1 “Magic Object” @ 99¢ Plus Gallery (FRI 7-10 pm)
238 Wilson Ave
“Magic Object” curated by Rico Gatson, possesses a magical and evocative sensibility. Some works are rooted in specific cultural references (Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” inspired patterns in Aaron Williams’ work) and traditional Inuit carving (Mary Kate Maher’s “Spire” resembles totems). Alex Lee Harri’s “Ringtone” suspends from the ceiling, providing a mysterious and haunting soundtrack for the exhibition. Rico himself alludes to traditional African plank masks in bold color and geometric design, and Roxanne Jackson’s “Snake Eyes” explores the internal duality of beauty as defined in Jungian psychology.
#2 “VROOM, VROOM!” @ OUTLET (FRI 7-10 pm)
253 Wilson Avenue
“VROOM VROOM” explores a group of artists’ fascination with car culture and the symbolic freedom of the open road. Though overshadowed by the expansive influence of the global auto industry, the allure and mystique is all there in their take on the automobile through sculpture, painting, photography, drawing and textile. With works by Jeff DeGolier, Ryan Ford, Ryan Frank, Pippa Garner, Siki Im, Erin M. Riley and Ash Thayer.
1329 Willoughby Avenue
A VHS copy of the film “Reality Bites” serves as a point of re-rendering for Eileen Maxson’s video installation and photo-based works in “I was really gonna be something by the age of twenty-three.” Maxson, known for parodying news reports and pop culture, re-renders the film as objects and images to address social, economic and technological concerns as well as mediation and commodification of identity.
#4 “OVER TIME ACROSS SPACE” @ Transmitter (FRI 6-9 pm)
1329 Willoughby Avenue
In an exchange between Brooklyn and Berkeley, California, visual artist Kim Bennett and poet Chris Hosea collaborated on “OVER TIME ACROSS SPACE,” sending postcards and letters to one another inside Priority Mail Tubes. Their inscribed piece The Scrolls for Play was photocopied, incised, traced and used as maps to inspire the painting/embroideries. Write Someone/Make a Call utilizes outmoded technologies to bridge time and distance with letterhead, writing materials and a landline telephone, allowing visitors to engage in these communication modes.
#5 “Fancy Seeing You” and “Involuntary Voyeurs” @ Slag Gallery (FRI 7-9 pm)
56 Bogart street
Slag Gallery presents a side-by-side showcase with “Fancy Seeing You,” a collection of works by New York-based artist Avital Burg and “Involuntary Voyeurs” by Cologne-based artist Tina Schwarz. These individual showcases offer an overlap between fantasy and the actual world, and exhibit an interest in the ambiguities of memory and daydreaming along with the relationship of an individual to the past.
#6 Chris Esposito “Elemental Ground” @ Amos Eno Gallery (FRI 6-8 pm)
1087 Flushing Avenue, Suite 120
Amos Eno allows Chris Esposito to disrupt the gallery space with provocative materials and hybrid objects found on the streets of New York. In “Elemental Ground,” Esposito combines these found materials to recreate objects as an intervention within a space to reflect his own inquiries into forms of palimpsest. Lying bare inside the gallery, their inherent vernacular breaks down class and culture barriers to expose cycles of expansion and decay, hope and despair.
#7 “Hannah Beerman: Be There Soon” @ Kimberly-Klark Gallery (Gallery hours SAT-SUN 12-5 pm)
Hannah Beerman’s “Be There Soon” opened on June 27, 2015. Beerman’s colorful and “messy” paintings scale the room with deep magentas, bouyant reds and choices of plastic bags, doll hair and other playful mixes. Catch the show on view at Kimberly-Klark Gallery through July 26th.