While last weekend’s round of season openings was one for the books –over 15 new shows in and around Bushwick (!) – this weekend will keep us just as busy. Group shows are up at the 1329 Willoughby galleries and a new space emerges from inside 56 Bogart. We’ve also got recommendations on what to see on Saturday and Sunday during gallery hours, including dramatic monochromatic works at OUTLET and a journey of excavation at ART-3 Gallery.
#1 “An Argument For Difference” @ TSA New York (FRI 6-9 PM)
1329 Willoughby Avenue
In a show where needing to know falls outside scope of things, TSA New York wishes to argue for difference around the shared online experience. In “An Argument for Difference” eight artists come together through curators Yin Ho and Shama Khanna to emphasize the volumetric encounter of the time and space felt before translation of the works.
TSA NY will host a screening event on Monday, September 21st at 7:30pm at Microscope Gallery.
#2 “Cost-Benefit Analysis” @ Transmitter (FRI 6-9 PM)
1329 Willoughby Avenue
Transmitter will exhibit a survey exhibition of Baltimore-based artists, the works from which are planned to to be donated to the Baltimore Museum of Art. Before they hit the permanent collection, the works in “Cost-Benefit Analysis” will allow us to reflect the importance of the cultural infrastructure of art and the museum’s role.
56 Bogart Street
SOHO20 Gallery has just moved into 56 Bogart and opens Friday with this dual show: Petra Nimtz: “Everything Is the Same, Nothing Is the Same” and Lindsay Packer: “spacetime” in the +/- Project Space. SOHO20 Gallery opened in the Soho neighborhood in 1973 then moved to Chelsea in 2001. Here in Bushwick they plan to continue the mission of SOHO20 Artist Inc., which was founded by a group of 20 women artists create greater opportunities for their represented artists.
#4 “Looking Out” @ Luhring Augustine (SAT 11 AM)
25 Knickerbocker Avenue
Invisible and visible architectural elements live alongside everyday casted objects in Rachel Whiteread’s “Looking Out” opening Saturday at Luhring Augustine. The absent space around space-consuming objects including bathtubs and mattresses provide both a familiar and foreign feel as they represent an inverse of the original object and require a reorientation of the viewer’s perception.
#5 “Bad Boys II (Dark Mirror Paintings)” @ GCA (FRI 7-9 PM)
119 Ingraham Street, #315
The life size portraits of Zuriel Waters will display inside of GCA, opening Friday night with “Bad Boys II” as a continuing investigation from Waters’ February 2014 show at GCA. The personalities within each self-portrait continue their dialogue from the first series of “Bad Boys,” holding within each of them a personal study that break through each compositions’ grotesque or awkward elements.
#6 “PLAY” @ Microscope Gallery (FRI 6-9 PM)
1329 Willoughby Avenue
“PLAY” features recent, historical, previously unseen and newly discovered video-based works by Emma Bee Bernstein, Alex McQuilkin, Erica Scourti, Jessie Stead, Mickalene Thomas and Martha Wilson. Definitions of play – as in the record button, in the interaction with the technology, in the performance, in the approach, or in the game – connect the videos, video installations, mixed-media and sculptural works addressing the subjects of mass media, identity, and stereotypes, among others, with humor and deceptive simplicity.
What to see during gallery hours this weekend:
“Pixel World” and Justin Cooper @ Storefront Ten Eyck (Gallery Hours: SAT-SUN 1-6 PM)
324 Ten Eyck Street
Storefront Ten Eyck opened with an installation by Xiao Fu alongside Justin Cooper in the project space on Friday, September 11th. Xiao Fu’s “Pixel World” installation was originally shown as part of Home Improvement during Bushwick Open Studios 2015, the outdoor sculpture curated by Deborah Brown and Lesley Heller on Rock Street. For this exhibition, Fu has reconfigured the work to respond to an indoor gallery space, responding to the architectural surroundings and crowded conditions of New York City.
Justin Cooper’s work reveals the threshold of the thin, open areas where things can exist for a brief moment as they hang between the hinged and the unhinged. Liminal and precarious, the incongruencies of Cooper’s objects and materials actually thrive on unstable relationships and situations.
“Pixel World” and works by Justin Cooper run through October 11, 2015.
“Shades and Shallows” and “intermission” @ OUTLET (Gallery Hours: SAT-SUN 12-6 PM)
253 Wilson Avenue
OUTLET started the season with the collages of Libby Hartle in “Shades and Shallows” along with video installation and ceramic works by Kristen Jensen in “intermission.” Grids and diamonds are the result of Hartle’s hours upon hours spent obsessively drawings that take mysterious fields of gray to a matrix-like dimension through collage and cutting, generating the dual force of spontaneity and order.
Romantic interludes exude from behind an ominous cloud of pathos within “intermission.” In a sequence pulled from an old intermission reel at an upstate drive-in movie theater, Jensen pieced together burned out and faded images to replay a once romantic film image.
“Shades and Shadows” and “intermission” run through October 4, 2015.
“A Dance with Life and Death” @ ART 3 gallery (Gallery Hours: WED-SUN 12-6 PM)
109 Ingraham Street
ART-3 opened earlier this week with “A Dance with Life and Death,” exhibiting the identity quest of artist Alexis de Chaunac. Sourcing artifacts from various cultures for archetypal links between the personal and the historical, Chaunac’s pieces result in a grouping of intuitions and insights from mythology, anthropology and medical sciences. These works on paper reveal an archival interest ranging from drawings of medical instruments to recreations of excavated materials.
“A Dance with Life and Death” runs through October 25, 2015.