(image via SPRING/BREAK Art Show / Facebook)

Spring/Break Art Show
Opening Tuesday, March 6 at 4 Times Square, 5 pm to 9 pm. On view through March 12.

While it may not be spring quite yet, we will soon see the return of the Spring/Break Art Show, springing (sorry) back into action during Armory Arts Week for a seventh year. This show in particular stands out among the dizzying array of art shows and fairs and shows-within-fairs due to both its focus on art that’s a little more out-there than some contemporary offerings, and its location, which utilizes “underused, atypical, and historic” space rather than some pristine white box or whatever. It would take me a very long time to count all the artists involved this year, which range from Iggy Pop and Robert Mapplethorpe to Parker Day and Azikiwe Mohammed, so I can only assume there are hundreds and you will have plenty to see. Granted, you’ll have to go to Times Square to do it, but it will probably be worth it.

(flyer courtesy of Sonder II)

Sonder II
Opening Friday, March 9 at 164 Orchard Street, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through March 11.

Though New York’s art landscape will be saturated with even more old rich people than usual this week due to the proliferation of art fairs, this pop-up art show is all about the teens. Literally. Curated by Emma Orland and Carolyn Hillock (17 and 18 years old respectively), Sonder II will showcase the work of an impressive 50+ young artists creating in all sorts of disciplines, who very well may be the future of artmaking. Out with the old, in with the new is what they say, and familiarizing yourself with artists who are quite literally emerging into both adulthood and their careers is one way to do it. In addition to the art itself, the opening reception will also feature music, food, and drinks.

(flyer via Brilliant Champions / Facebook)

Opening Friday, March 9 at Brilliant Champions, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through March 31.

Featuring the work of Dan Perkins and Joe Ferriso, Drift explores what happens when you put the work of two artists from opposite coasts and similar-but-different styles together in one gallery. The featured image for the exhibition illustrates this well, placing the duo’s work side-by-side. Both of them have created a piece in which a long blue squiggly thing is the star of the show. One looks like an excerpt from a ’70s album cover or perhaps a vaporwave creation; the other looks like a slightly wilted attempt to recreate that shape in the IRL space. Did they do this on purpose, or do both of them independently really love blue squiggles? Reader, I will leave the rest up to you.

(image via The Invisible Dog Art Center / Facebook)

The Floating World
Opening Saturday, March 10 at The Invisible Dog, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through April 22.

If you’re familiar with the name Emma Sulkowicz, it’s more than likely because of a durational performance art project in which Sulkowicz carried a Columbia University dorm room mattress around until the artist’s alleged rapist was no longer permitted to attend the school. While this performance became notable predominantly as a piece of activism, Sulkowicz does identify as an artist foremost. Opening Saturday at The Invisible Dog, The Floating World is an installation of large glass orbs connected and suspended by way of Japanese rope techniques. Its name refers to both a period of hedonism in Japan and a Buddhist term for “this world of sorrow and grief,” creating a fitting and poignant contrast. Making the installation even more personal is the fact that each orb contains artifacts representing actual relationships Sulkowicz has had, clearly visible to all.