Opening Thursday, November 1 at Field Projects, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through December 15.
Throughout centuries, one thing has remained the same when it comes to art: in some way, nudes will be there. Curator and artist Kristen Racaniello knows this, but seeks to do something a bit different with her group show Hot Farce. The work on view seeks to be the antithesis of the “hetero-sexy nude,” meaning nudes that trouble the binary, nudes that question why you’re looking at them, nudes that may not even qualify as nudes at all. According to the exhibit statement, Hot Farce’s artists “admire figuration and are at the same time deeply suspicious of it,” a feeling in this time of existential dread I can only assume is shared by many.
Joel Dean + Irina Jasnowski Pascual
Opening Friday, November 2 at Interstate, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through December 2.
As the title implies, this Friday the work of two different artists will go on view at Knickerbocker Avenue art space Interstate: that of Joel Dean and Irina Jasnowski Pascual. Dean’s show consists of small sculptures, including “five hand-carved apples” that comment on both the changing tides of New York City and urban environments in general. It’s unclear if these are apple-shaped sculptures or sculpture-shaped apples, but it may be better to see the show earlier in the run just to avoid any possible rot, unless you’re into that. Pascual’s work is more abstract, dealing with batteries, light, electric currents, and the way eyes perceive it all.
Return of the Mack
Opening Friday, November 2 at Art During the Occupation Gallery, 7 pm to 9:30 pm. On view through November 25.
Formerly known as Christopher Stout Gallery (which you might know from their Trump tombstone exhibition or toilet-sitting performance censored by social media), the Art During the Occupation Gallery is still striving to present “subversive and difficult work” in the East Williamsburg area. Their latest exhibition is a solo show of work by David B. Frye, who has shown at the gallery once before. Judging by the lead image for the show, which involves a bunch of white dudes (some, if not all, seem to be members of the KKK) being cannibalized in a way that manages to be also sexual, it does in fact seem subversive. Provocative art can be tiresome in certain contexts, but this just may be the subversion (and catharsis) we need right now.
Opening Saturday, November 3 at 630 Flushing Avenue, 6 pm to 10 pm. On view through December 2.
Like clockwork, the endless Re: Art Show has been popping up in the unusual corners of the former Pfizer building on Flushing Avenue for quite some time now. Reminiscent of an email chain of the past, each DIY show adds another “Re:” to its name. This Saturday’s show, their 24th exhibition, is a collaboration with home school, a Portland-based pop-up art school. It also marks their last Re: Art Show for a while, as organizers Erin Davis and Max C Lee are pivoting to focus on other projects, which will make Re: more of an annual thing. So while you still can, come check out some art in an old pill factory, specifically “quasi-solo retrospectives” from eight artists, as a way to subvert the notion that retrospectives are only for creators who are older and highly established.