This weekend’s openings are scattered throughout the city. Openings listed by night and ‘hood below.
LOWER EAST SIDE
Conceived this summer by Gavin Flynn and other artists, this show promises a fair amount of messiness – and, if the site’s any indication, grossness. There’re collaborative videos along with videos, paintings, and other works made by the individual artists. A performative musical event will consist of artists live-editing individual videos made by Dadarhea members into one big mash-up. Soundtrack made by Robert Beatty.
Participating artists: Brian Belott, Jessie Gold, Michael Williams, Erin Krause, Alvaro Ilizarbe, Jen Stark, Billy Grant, Laura Grant, Alison Kuo, Devin Flynn, Takeshi Murata, Francine Spiegel, Ara Peterson, Joe Grillo, Marie Lorenz, Melissa Brown, Todd James, Ross Goldstein, Johnny Woods, Trish Riefert, Debbie Tuch, Naomi Fisher, Leif Goldberg, Sam Borkson, Bert Rodriguez, Rich Porter, Taylor McKimens, Neil Fazzari, and Jim Drain.
Daniel Lefcourt: Prepared Ground
Taxter & Spengemann Gallery
459 West 18th Street
Opening Reception: Friday, February 25th, 6 – 8 PM
Debris Field is a series of monochromatic grayish-black canvases that retain the traces of objects Lefcourt placed atop his canvases. He even goes so far as to freeze his paintings. Recently, Art Fag City has paid attention to exhibitions related to painting and process: David Hammons’s anti-paintings at L & M Arts and Anna Betbeze’s sliced wall-hangings, to name a few.
Mark Lombardi: Index
177 North 9th Street
Opening Reception: Friday, February 25th , 7 – 9 PM
Mark Lombardi’s diagramatic drawings are part Conceptual Language projects akin to Robert Barry and Lawrence Weiner, but resonate with contemporary artists like Deb Sokolow. Expect to see the late artist’s books and resource materials for his drawings, as well as a video interview with the artist. His 4 ft. x 20 ft. scroll-like drawings will be on view in the main gallery. Related: Here’s a great link to a great interview with Drawing Center Curator Robert Hobbs about Lombardi’s exhibition at the Drawing Center in 2006.
LOWER EAST SIDE
Curiously gross sculptures play on geometry and minimalism while incorporating New Age-y objects; paintings that reference everything from Marlene Dietrich to Jungian Psychology. This is more or less what you’ll get from Frank Haines: Under the Shadow of the Wing of the Thing, an exhibition title comes from a line by David Foster Wallace. It may also be a riff on the Vladimir Nabokov line from Pale Fire, “I was the shadow of the waxwing slain/By the false azure in the window pane.” In other words, you’re under the shadow of someone or some history.
A couple doors down from Lisa Cooley, catch Brendan Fowler’s opening at Untitled . Who knows what the show will look like — all that’s offered from the gallery staff is that the show makes a break from Fowler’s past practice and it “All hinges on the mirror.” How Lacanian!