Lick Into Shape: NYC’s Best Weekend Art Events

Listen up, ladies and gents: It's nearly the weekend so it's time for you to drop that paperwork, slap on that happy face, and start shaking your boogie body to the dulcet rhythms of Sean Paul. Fine, maybe that's not your thing. But you can still take our advice on the best galleries to seek out this weekend—equally enjoyable no matter what your stance on Paul's smooth reggaeton rhythms is.

Thursday May 23, 2013

Yossi Milo Gallery – “Circulation: Date, Place, Events” opening – 6-8pm

First displayed at the 1971 Paris Biennale, “Circulation” includes over 700 pictures snapped by Japanese photographer Takuma Nakahira in the course of one week in Paris. “Circulation" marks Nakahira’s United States debut; it’s the rare chance to catch a glimpse of his early work—the negatives of which he burned in the mid-1970s as a symbolic break from his earlier aesthetic.

NURTUREArt Gallery“Videorover: Season 6” opening – 7-9pm

In partnership with Rapid Pulse, a Chicago-based performance festival, NURTUREart presents "Videorover," a video installation series focusing on a setting in which the performer plays as strong a role as the camera work. Catch the works in the world premiere here before they jet off for a second premiere in June’s Rapid Pulse festival in the Chi.

Friday May 24, 2013

Myplasticheart “Lush Natura : New works by Tatiana Suarez & Jason Levesque” opening – 6-9pm

Gross. Gross. Gross. OK, I’m over it. In this new duo exhibition, artists Tatiana Suarez and Jason Levesque use cartoon imagery to explore the world’s less-popular animals: slugs, cockroaches and flies (not to be confused with mosquitoes or other parasites!). All are fodder for the skin-crawling-but-in-a-good-way eye of these two artists. Enjoy it—if you dare.

Silent Barn GalleryEnde Tymes festival – 6pm

Friday evening marks the beginning of this year’s Ende Tymes Festival kicking off at the Silent Barn. A weekend-long music and sound installation festival, it features video screenings, performances from KILT, Rusalka and Kakerlak, and a BBQ—and that’s just on the first day. Stop by for the cutting-edge in sound installation and then stop by again when your eye drums stop rattling.

ISSUE Project RoomDavid Grubbs & 75 Dollar Bill performance – 8pm

What’s that sort of weird quality in my ear? It feels so nice and like lalala all the sudden, and is a bit like talking but it’s…. Oh! It’s MUSIC. We don’t talk much about music in the pages of Artparasites, but here we got some of the live stuff played on the happy occasion of a record launch. For the launch of The Plain Where The Palace Stood, his first album since his 2008's An Optimist Notes the Dusk, David Grubbs will perform on guitar. Later in the evening, his three person ensemble, 75 Dollar Bill, will also perform in the ISSUE Project Space.

Saturday May 25, 2013

Williamsburg Art and Historical Center“Toxicity” opening – 6-8pm

A group exhibition on toxicity in its various biological and social forms, “Toxicity” includes paintings, photographs, installation and performance, all of which explore the toxic environment in which we live. Not the happiest of topics, but the eclectic work ranges from recreations of classical themes  to total post-modernity—so it’s sure to be at least a rich exploration of weighty themes.

Colab Projects Space“Wood & Pulp” opening – 7-9pm

Working in collage, paper, and assemblage, artists Damion Silver and Scotty Albrecht created “Wood & Pulp.” The work focuses on the concept of balance and aims to achieve it through the artists’ materials. Intriguingly, the artist both agreed that watching each other’s work affected their processes. Stop by and see if you can trace the process as you walk through the gallery.

Littlefield Performance and Art Space"Hey Queen" dance party – 11pm

There’s no better way to end an arty weekend than a dance party. Am I right, queen?! I’m right, queen. The good folks of Hey Queen! present a dance party to end them all—good drinks, shimmery-shaking booties, and some appropriately queer madness are sure to be in store. Don't miss it!

Article by Christopher Shea