(image via Volta NY)

Volta NY
Opening Wednesday March 1 at Pier 90, 7 pm to 10 pm. On view through March 5.

Now is the time for art fairs aplenty, and Volta NY is just one of many. Volta stands out singularly (ha) because they focus on solo artist projects only. Though they’re all about solo stuff, by no means are they taking a minimalist route. At Pier 90 you can catch not only the water, but the work of artists from 38 nations shown by 96 galleries and art spaces across 5 continents and 36 cities. You needn’t be a math whiz to figure out that is a lot of art to place your eyes on. Only not literally, that could cause vision issues and probably a lot of side-eyeing. If you stop by on the first night, it’s free to enter, but any other day it’ll cost you $25.

This is Volta’s tenth year of existence, so you can expect they’re pulling out all the stops this time. This week you can also catch The Armory Show (ticket bundles are available, which get you into Volta and Armory) and SPRING/BREAK, in a new location in Times Square. If you wish, you can pop around the piers all weekend for a veritable art adventure. The art doesn’t stop there: the Architectural Digest Design Show will be from March 16-19, also on the pier. And we can only wonder: will The Mars Volta be at Volta NY?

(flyer via Guy Hepner Gallery / Facebook)

A Loss of Innocence
Opening Thursday March 2 at Guy Hepner Gallery SOHO, 7 pm to 10 pm.

The artist who brought you a series of “Hedonistic Mickey” paintings, John Paul Fauves, will once again be joining forces with Guy Hepner Gallery (The TAX Collection is involved this time, too) for a solo show in Soho (say that five times fast). A Loss of Innocence is all about, well, losing innocence, but specifically in the form of how we ditch our purer minds as we grow older and become desensitized to the horrors of the world. Might I offer that if we were ultra-sensitive to everything bad happening in the world (or even in America), we would probably spend all our waking hours forcefully expelling water from our tear ducts. Whether or not you agree with the theme of the show, you can still head over to Manhattan to look at how its been rendered in paint.

Parker Day, “Strawberry Girl” (image via Superchief Gallery / BigCartel)

Opening Saturday March 4 at Superchief Gallery NY, 7 pm to 11 pm. On view through March 25.

Fresh off an opening in LA, photographer Parker Day is bringing her vibrant collection of portraiture to Superchief Gallery’s Jefferson Avenue location. Since July 2015, Day has snapped exactly 100 portraits in unretouched 35mm film of a wide variety of decadent and/or grotesque imagery and styles portrayed by “club kids, internet personalities, and self-professed freaks.” Expect to feast your eyes upon distended lips, neon glitter, bulging eyes, flesh draped in chains, nineties chic, cyber-cool, aliens, living dolls, and anything else you could probably imagine. With subjects this strange and wonderful, surely the opening reception will be full of people who will probably intimidate you either with their coolness or their spiky outfits.

(image via The Invisible Dog)

This Isn’t Trash
Opening Saturday March 4 at Invisible Dog Art Center, 4 pm to 10 pm. On view through April 15.

Hundreds of art pieces will be unleashed inside The Invisible Dog on Saturday night, all stemming from the same brain. Artist and performer Hervé Tullet, who is also the author of children’s books and known for creating large-scale interactive installations. This one assumes the form of a multi-dimensional forest of colorful paper. Some torn, some painted, some simply folded, this creation will be ripe for the wandering.

Tullet has done a lot, but he’s still finding new achievements. This is one, for instance, as its his first solo show of work in New York. As to avoid the potentially awkward mixing of Art World folk and eager kidlets, the gallery has allotted time from 4 pm – 6 pm for families and children and time for 6 pm – 10 pm for a formal opening reception. Whatever category you might fall into, come play.