Up Against The Wall
Opening Tuesday August 30, 7 pm to 10 pm at Booklyn. On view through September 27.
Greenpoint “artist and bookmakers organization” Booklyn, which has impressively been hanging around since 1999, presents this exhibition of prints by two projects: Imagining Apartheid, a Montreal-based initiative bringing awareness to Palestinian liberation and the BDS movement with a focus on Israeli Apartheid, and Celebrate People’s History: Iraq Veterans Against the War, a portfolio project which aims to highlight veteran and active duty members who were against the war and have spoken out over the last ten years. Placed side-by-side, these prints and posters highlight years of a common struggle and fight for demilitarization and justice regardless of country or nationality.
Self Portraits 2009-2015
Opening Thursday September 1, 6 pm to 8 pm at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art’s Window Gallery. On view through November 4.
In this show, artist Cobi Moules has utilized the medium of traditional portraiture to render a journey of queer and trans selfhood—each portrait is a bit different, reflecting the artist’s own personal transition over this period of six years, whether it be more everyday shifts like outfits and facial expressions or more personal physical changes. This isn’t the first time Moules has used traditional artistic methods to make his own statements; in 2013 he was highlighted in The Advocate for his exhibition “Bois Just Wanna have Fun,” using 19th-century landscape painting and the romantic Hudson River School style as a way of representing his own Christian upbringing, filling these bucolic scenes with many versions of himself.
Opening Friday September 2, 7 pm to 10 pm at Mountain Gallery. On view through September 24.
Bushwick’s artist-run Mountain Gallery, focused on emerging artists and located within an apartment, kicks off their fall season with this show featuring four female artists who work mainly in abstract sculpture. Some are made from recycled beeswax, some are disguised as found objects, while others resemble industrial wreckage or an odd mash-up of body parts and office furniture. The show seeks to unite and showcase sculptural works that are representative of the medium as not only a polished product but a “practice of transformation,” as well as objects that have an “unsettling anthropomorphic essence” to them. Did that stone just move? Is that piece of metal looking at you? I’m sure it’s just a trick of the light…
Opening Saturday September 3, 1 pm to 6 pm on Governors Island’s Center for the Holographic Arts. On view through September 25.
Multimedia artist Julia Sinelnikova, who has created installation work for many electronic music artists and nightlife events and performs as the Oracle of the notorious Vector Gallery, will be showing a new light sculpture work she’s created as part of a residency at the Center for Holographic Arts. The piece, based on light retractions, will be on view as part of the Governors Island Art Fair, so you’ll have plenty other art objects to scope out once you get off the ferry. That is, if you’re not blinded by the light first.