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Art Openings: Twisted Fairy Tales, Drug Tourists and More

Time again for our weekly roundup of what’s new on the art scene.

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Art by Brice Brown

Buccaneer, Masquerade, Suspence, Abundance, Thorn, Champion. Recent works by Brice Brown
April 17 (opening reception 7-9pm) to May 23 at Air Circulation, 160 Randolph St., Bushwick.
Kentucky-born artist Brice Brown created a multi-part installation meant to present a fragmented experienece of the still life genre as a way to explore “the dichotomous impulses inherent in the act of domestication: containment and freedom; restraint and release; a need for chaos and a need for order,” per the artist’s statement.  The installation, largely consisting of archival pigment prints, wallpaper design and soft sculpture, draws from The Batsford Colour Book of Roses (1962) and pages from an early 20th century fruit and seed catalog. References to the letterhead design of constructivist-influenced masters such as Piet Zwart are embedded in the pieces.

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This Electro Installation Will Be a ‘Futuristic-Psychedelic Version of the Past’

MetaphysCopsYesterday we stopped by D & F Contemporary, a new gallery located in a former discount lingerie store at the corner of Delancey and Orchard, to chat with Don Devore of New York hardcore band Sick Feeling. He’d been at the gallery for the past 30 hours, creating an immersive, one-night-only installation to coincide with the release of “Metaphysical Cops,” the new single and music video by his electro project Collapsing Scenery.

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A Studio Visit With Tara McPherson, ‘Queen of Cotton Candy Wet Dreams’

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One recent morning in Tara McPherson’s Bed-Stuy studio, the artist’s easel was loaded with sketches of two nearly identical girls connected by a sparkling rainbow springing from inside their heads. The drawing was also on her iMac, where she had been working on a color mockup in Photoshop. A finished 12 x 12 painting, she explained, was due the following Monday for “Dreamlands,” a group show now open at Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles.

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Openings: Abstract Louisiana Landscapes, Futuristic Obelisks, and More

(By Alicia DeBrincat)

(By Alicia DeBrincat)

Last week’s roundup of art openings touched on mythology and mysticism (most of those shows are still on, so go now). This week, it’s all about deconstruct, abstraction, illusion, order and chaos.

Alicia DeBrincat: Digital Interference/Analog Intervention
April 9 (opening reception 7-10pm) to April 28 at Vitrina, 90 Stanton St., Lower East Side.
Brooklyn-based artist Alicia DeBrincat is interested in the collision of photography and painting as two very different ways of presenting “visual truth”: she transfers photos, whether archival or taken by herself, onto canvas and then leaves gaps in the photographic images — oftentimes, the face is what’s left out. These gaps are then filled with brightly colored paintings. At this show, you’ll see embellished versions of celebrity mugshots from victimless crimes, e.g. Elvis’s arrest for lewd dancing or David Bowie’s arrest for marijuana possession, along with archival photos of powerful cultural figures from the past including Queen Victoria, Buffalo Bill, and Wyatt Earp.

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Irene Yoo Wants to See Yooeating Korean Food Other Than Bibimbap

(Courtesy of Irene Yoo)

(Courtesy of Irene Yoo)

With a few exceptions, 28-year-old Irene Yoo wasn’t impressed by the variety of food served in Koreatown, as “you were kind of getting the same food at every place,” namely bibimbap, kimchi, and Korean barbecue. But don’t get her wrong: “I am always nostalgic for that sort of food,” she told us. “Even mediocre Korean food is good when you love it.”

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Bow to the Poop Emoji Oracle Card and Then Catch These Other Art Shows

At these upcoming shows, artists “pimp” out myth, magic, and movies.

"Poop," courtesy of Richie Brown

“Poop,” courtesy of Richie Brown

Myth and Mutations
April 10 (opening 7-9pm) to May 2 at Reverse, 28 Frost St., Williamsburg
For this one, Richie Brown took traditional oracle cards and swapped in emojis. “I realized that a lot of the newly created cards had emoji counterparts (i.e. santa, alien, poop with eyes) as well as some of the traditional ones (i.e. envelope, dog, eyeballs),” he told us. The cards, he said, contain what you might call “Jungian archetypes” — “but I don’t know how Jung would feel about poop with eyes being included in that,” he admitted. Brown will perform readings using his “spiked” or “pimped” deck at the opening. Meanwhile, Jonathan Monaghan’s “The Checkpoint” is a reinterpretation of Dürer’s Triumphal arch, where griffons and heraldic crests are replaced by security camera, video game weaponry and Whole Foods logos. And Yara Travieso’s video installations reinterpret Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Eurypides’s Medea.

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This Artisanal, Refined ‘Bushwick Spam’ Is Kind of Hard to Swallow

Wait how did this one not make Smorgasburg’s new lineup? In a new video by Brooklyn Independent Media, the minds behind the Bushwick Spam — who look a lot like the Greenpoint-dwelling hipster-yuppies from the David Cross’s Hits — eagerly break down their creative process using all the right buzzwords, from “refined, artisanal” to “inspiration, and, you know, frivolity, experimentation.”

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Bodacious Burlesque Tributes: Disney, the Bible, and Lil’ Kim vs. Nicki Minaj

Cherry Pitz (Photo: Ben Trivet)

Cherry Pitz (Photo: Ben Trivet)

Nothing’s sacred in the world of burlesque. This month, your favorite troupes take on everything from hip-hop to the Holy Bible.

Brown Girls Burlesque: Lil’ Kim vs. Nicki Minaj
April 2 at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., East Village; tickets $20
Brown Girls Burlesque promises to plumb “the good, the bad, and the ratchet” at this tribute to “hip-hop’s sista queens”: “We are going to get everything ‘Did,’ our hair, nails, with heels and hype gear to match and celebrate two of Hip-Hop’s greatest with sexy ferocity befitting a Double Queen Jubilee!” Va va voom.

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Come to Bed For Some Pillow Talk With This Artist

(Photo: Angelica Frey)

(Photo: Angelica Frey)

Sure, it was cool to see Tilda Swinton sleeping in a glass box, but what if the artist was present for some pillow talk?

That’s exactly what’s happening at a new show at Bosi Contemporary, “Come to Bed!”, which uses three queen-sized beds to focus on the different types of communication that take place under the covers. “You can sleep,  you can eat in your bed, you can have sexual experiences,” said the show’s curator, Roya Sachs. “At each age, you experience it differently, which is nice because they’re all of different ages, the artists, so they have different relationships with the bed.”

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Some Burlesque Stars Are Putting On a Stellar Zodiac Show Tonight

Mr Gorgeous as Cancerian Crab. (Photo: Eli Schmidt)

Mr Gorgeous as Cancerian Crab. (Photo: Eli Schmidt)

Do you find yourself humming “The Age of Aquarius” in the shower? constantly cursing Mercury retrograde?blaming your misfortunes on Saturn? All of those are, um, signs that you should head to Parkside Lounge tonight for “Zodiac Burlesque: The Best of the West.”

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Artisans Make Their Way To Grand Street In Williamsburg

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Photo: Angelica Frey

A pair of local artisans — one dealing in leather and the other in jewelry — have put down roots on Williamsburg’s Grand Street strip. Fitzgerald Jewelry recently moved from North 11th Street, its home of 16 years, to 251 Grand. Fitzgerald is a hybrid business: “We’re a gallery, and a school and we have our own collection of jewelry,” owner Michael Fitzgerald told us.

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Castles, Vassals and Tassles: Game of Thrones Gets a Burlesque Twist

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Photo: Courtesy of Hotsy Totsy Burlesque and Joe “The Shark” Naftali

The fifth season of Game of Thrones doesn’t premiere until April 12, but if you’re missing its byzantine intrigue, bloodshed and sexiness you can quell your thirst for Westeros (and Essos) with a new show from Hotsy Totsy Burlesque. “Game of Tassels” comes to the Slipper Room this Thursday.

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