Recommendations: week of 17 Feb 2015
3 FEATURED SHOWS
A Reflecting Pool of Black Oil
Noriyuki Haraguchi @ Fergus McCaffrey Gallery (the oil pool): (514 W 26th St) thru 2/21: Exhibition Website
You'll smell it before you see it. Walk to the 2nd floor of the gallery to find a pool of "spent machine oil" that creates a perfect (and nasal-burning) reflection.
Ori Gersht @ CRG Gallery (548 W 22nd St) thru 3/14: Exhibition Website
In his earlier work, Ori Gersht photographed exploding flowers. Now, he's electrocuting their reflection. These are high-speed photographs of a mirror that has been exposed to electricity until it explodes (while it's reflecting flowers). Notice the "texture" that looks like a photoshop filter. It's not post-production... it's the silver of the mirror warping/breaking under the shock!!
Dung Beetles Are into Astronomy
Diana Thater @ David Zwirner Gallery (533 W 19th St) thru 2/21: Exhibition Website
Turns out that Dung Beetles are the only insects (and one of the VERY few animals ever) to use the stars to navigate.
Video artist Diana Thater explores the concept in her latest blue-hued installation. Watch an entrancing video of the stars (actually filmed in a planetarium), and look up to find the beetles. No beetles were harmed in the making of this video.
The Full Recommendation List
Here is the best on view now, in each neighborhood, from north to south. Each listing has a link taking you directly to the exhibition website.
Open Tuesdays-Saturdays 10am-6pm unless otherwise noted
Noriyuki Haraguchi @ Fergus McCaffrey Gallery, 514 W 26th St, thru 2/21. A pool of black oil perfectly reflects the room above (2nd floor)
Erwin Olaf @ Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, 537 W 24th St, thru 2/28. Edward Hopper meets Mad Men in these beautiful photographs of people waiting.
Susan Philipsz @ Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 W 21st St, thru 2/14. A 12-speaker surround sound installation breaks up a solo violin.
Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Sol LeWitt @ Paula Cooper, 521 W 21st St, thru 2/28. Masters of minimalism join forces in an empty room, LeWitt's "10,000 lines on the wall" is a stand out
Diana Thater @ David Zwirner Gallery, 533 W 19th St, thru 2/21. Dung beetles navigate using the stars. Seriously. This video installation was inspired by it.
LOWER EAST SIDE
Open Wednesdays-Sundays 12pm-6pm unless otherwise noted
KATSU @ The Hole, 312 Bowery, through 2/22. Walk on a rubber floor to see paintings done by "drone" (and an indoor cloud)
Gianna Commito @ Rachel Uffner Gallery,170 Suffolk St (upstairs), thru 2/22 Colorful beautiful smart paintings. These geometric abstractions seem to bend space.
Amalia Ulman @ James Fuentes Gallery, 55 Delancey St, thru 2/8. Wire sculptures that barely stand up in a room that smells like Apple Strudel (in a bad way)
Steven Pippin @ GBE, 291 Grand St, Fl 3, thru 2/22 (only open Fri-Sun 12-6). The Pencil is Back!!! (not an illusion - just a robot that can balance better than you).
Brendan Lynch @ UNTITLED, 30 Orchard St, thru 2/22. Take off your shows to enter a surreal living room that pays homage to Bob Ross.