Art This Week: Colorful Constructions, Lovin’ on Planned Parenthood, and More

Denise Treizman, Gripped, 2016. Glazed ceramic, PVC pipe scrap, ink, spray paint, resin, pom-pom and bungee cord, 7 x 4 x 2 inches (image via SOHO20 Gallery)
Denise Treizman, Gripped, 2016. Glazed ceramic, PVC pipe scrap, ink, spray paint, resin, pom-pom and bungee cord, 7 x 4 x 2 inches (image via SOHO20 Gallery)

Part Is No Object
Opening Friday February 10 at SOHO20 Gallery, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through March 12. 

Denise Treizman’s colorful sculptural creations are refreshingly playful, uplifting and childlike. This solo show of her work is opening in SOHO20 Gallery’s modest +/- Project Space, a space highlighting “ephemeral” or site-specific work. For Treizman, site-specific is everywhere, as her “constructions” are made of essentially anything that crosses her path, from pom-pom puffballs to PVC pipe. She collects these “fragments,” whether they be bits and pieces found on the side of the road or broken remains of a studio project, and then puts the mismatched pieces together to create something entirely new. There will be two other openings this weekend at SOHO20 Gallery, one of paintings by Nana Olivas and one showcasing work by the gallery’s three 2016 Residency Lab artists.

(image via Love Games / Eventbrite)
(image via Love Games / Eventbrite)

Love Games: A Planned Parenthood Benefit Art Show
Opening Friday February 10 at Image Gallery, 7 pm to 10 pm. 

Joining the ranks of the many benefit events popping up everywhere, from concerts to pop-up tattoo parlors, is this multidisciplinary art show at Bushwick’s Image Gallery that will be benefitting Planned Parenthood. The show features a wide variety of artists and artworks, such as photography centered around gender and body politics, “adult cartoons,” work by a children’s book illustrator, contributions by Girls At Night on the Internet curator Grace Miceli, and even “interactive love games,” whatever that might mean. Valentine’s Day is on the horizon, so this seems like a perfect show for setting the mood while also supporting a worthy cause. Tickets are currently on sale for the opening night party; each ticket includes two drinks and there are higher-priced “love basket” ticket packages for those looking for a little extra surprise.

(flyer via Weeksville Heritage Center)
(flyer via Weeksville Heritage Center)

Weeksville: Transforming Community/In Pursuit of Freedom
Opening Saturday February 11 at Weeksville Heritage Center, 1 pm.

Weeksville Heritage Center has partnered with Irondale Arts Center and Brooklyn Historical Society to present this “collection-based” show delving into the history of the Weeksville Center itself. Brooklyn’s “largest African-American cultural institution,” Weeksville is a historic site focused on preserving the history of one of the first free black communities in America, which happens to be Weeksville, Brooklyn itself.

The opening will explore the little-known aspects of this community’s origins, exhibiting artifacts from the collections as well as offering tours of the surrounding landscape and historic Hunterfly Road Houses. The day will also feature a family arts workshop and screenings of the film Digging for Black Pride and shorts from BRIC’s community-produced series chronicling Black American life, Black TV Matters. 

Chris Carlone, Buried Love, 2011. (image via Tarot Society / Facebook)
Chris Carlone, Buried Love, 2011. (image via Tarot Society / Facebook)

Spellbound
Opening Saturday February 11 at Tarot Society, 8 pm to 11 pm. 

Small but mighty gallery and reading room Tarot Society has been going strong since its opening a couple years ago, and this week is no exception. While they’re still offering a variety of classes, readings, and music nights, this Saturday they will open their latest art show. Spellbound is a solo show featuring the visual artwork of Chris Carlone, a local multidisciplinary artist who works predominantly in photography and video, but also exists in the performance realm as a Butoh dancer and musician / performance artist. Spellbound will showcase many film and digital portraits of other local artists, in addition to video art and sound pieces. At the opening, expect good vibes brought by NYC accordionist Melissa Elledge, performances by Omer Gal and Jacquelyn Marie Shannon, and music from Irrevery’s Paige Johnson Brown.

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