Thursday March 7, 2013
What a way, world wide web, to wiggle into the weekend: artist Sari Carel’s new show, which combined an audiopiece based on various birdsongs with a series of matching visuals, is asking viewers to find new relationships between the eyes and ears. The ever-evolving “Museum of Commerce,” will also take place in the gallery.
Joshua Liner Gallery bursts open the doors to its new space with a sweeping group show that takes full advantage of its 15-foot ceilings and expanded playing room. The multimedia show will feature wide-ranging work in watercolor, cartoon and enamel-on-aluminum (to name just a few), and will bring back long-term gallery mainstays as well as Joshua Liner newbies.
Volta NY and Spring Break Art Shows – Two art fairs – Run all weekend, beginning Thursday daytime
A number of art fairs this weekend will supplement the major player in town, The Armory Show, and odds are they’ll be just as much fun. The weekend-long Volta Fair NY, the Armory’s little sister, kicks off its 2013 fest on Thursday. Rumors from years past promise that the show will provide a more intimate experience and better snacks than anything you’ll find at the Armory. The second annual Spring Break Art Show also starts its weekend-long run on Thursday. Designed as a fresh alternative to gallery-centered art shows, this fair focuses on curatorial vision; this year, several of New York’s hottest young curators have been invited to created shows which focus on the subject of “New Mysticism.”
Friday March 8, 2013
Strange Loop Gallery – “Alice O’Malley: Kenny Kenny 13” opening – 6-9pm
Hosted in collaboration with the Bureau of General Services Queer Division, this Strange Loop Gallery-curated exhibition brings together photographs of queer socialite and underground Club Maven Kenny Kenny, as photographed by Alice O’Malley. If you’re looking for a first place to alight before a queer bender, odds are there’s no better place to snag a tourguide for your evening.
Those who’d prefer to start their evening off with a more traditional trip down plastic arts lane can head to Able Fine Arts’ solo exhibition of the works of Cecily Khan. Working with abstract shapes in ink, gouache and acrylic, Kahn promises an experience that evokes the post-cubist periods’ themes with a distinctly modern spin.
Brooklyn Glass branches out from the day-to-day glass-blowing slog with an evening of experimental performance, featuring work across all media from Kim Harty, Leo Tecosky and Jeff Zimmerman. Doors open at 7pm for an 8pm performance, so make sure to get there a little early.
White Columns – “If you really loved me you would be able to admit that you’re ashamed of me” opening – 6-9pm
“If you really loved me you would be able to admit that you’re ashamed of me.” Ugh, who hasn’t uttered this sentence after a round of tears and six glasses of wine? Fortunately, the topic will be given new, international shadings by Norwegian artist Sverre Bjertnes, who here marks his U.S. solo exhibition debut. Curated in collaboration with Bjarne Melgraad, the work will feature current and retrospective works on paper, as well as a furniture series which Bjertnes created with his mother.
Galerie Protégé – “Text Machine” re-launch and reading- 5-8pm
An exploration of “On the Road” and the written word more broadly, Martha Raoli’s work puts common phrases––found everywhere from conversation to street signs––and embosses it in metal, paper and across the walls of Galerie Protege. The exhibition already opened, but this special re-launch and reading has been planned to coincide with Armory Show week and promises a lower-key complement to the goings-on there.
C24 Gallery – “Interzone” opening reception – 6-8pm
Bringing together the work of three artists, Øystein Aasan, Mark Dutcher and David McDonald, “Interzone” meditates on the “formal concerns” held by artists in various periods through art history. Don’t you worry deary, if that makes it sound a little academic: Working in media including painting and music, the work includes as many references to formalism as to post-punk music.