Food For Thought
Opening Thursday, February 28 at Louis K. Meisel Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through March 30.

It’s a shame you can’t consume paintings with more than just your eyes, as the works on view at Food For Thought, opening Thursday at Soho gallery Louis K. Meisel, certainly look good enough to eat. That’s not a metaphor: they’re artistic renderings of food, from sugary, cellophane-wrapped confections to simple still lives of walnuts or onions. The edible item isn’t always front and center in this stuffed show—some pieces are intricate retro renderings of the signs outside of diners, bars, or burger joints; others are painted nudes where the subject just happens to be holding an apple. Either way, the food is there. Sometimes you have to look for it, sometimes it’s so prominent you’ll start feeling peckish.

American Artist, still from ‘Blue Life Seminar,’ 2019, HD video, r.t. 20 min. Written by American Artist with text by Christopher Dorner, performed by Christopher Grant, animated by Matthew Mann & Tommy Martinez, music by Greg Fox. Image courtesy the artist. (image via Koenig & Clinton / Facebook)

I’m Blue (If I Was █████ I Would Die)
Opening Friday, March 1 at Koenig + Clinton, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through April 13. 

American Artist could be construed as a broad category, but in this case its the (purposefully vague and yes, legal) name of a Brooklyn-based contemporary artist who you very well may have seen before, considering they’ve exhibited recently at The Kitchen, The Whitney, and other art spaces of note. Starting Friday, they’re opening a solo show at Bushwick gallery space Koenig & Clinton. The installation turns the gallery into “an imaginary seminar room for law enforcement personnel,” but of course, not everything is as it seems. Attendees will find, among other things, an instructional video featuring a digital character who speaks words once said by both Dr. Manhattan of DC Comics and former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner, who shot several officers in 2013 in what Dorner framed as revenge for being fired after reporting that his cohorts used unjust force.

(image via Selenas Mountain)

Opening Saturday, March 2 at Selenas Mountain, 7 pm to 10 pm. On view through April 27.

Haikus are poems, constructed from the written word and featuring 17 syllables and three lines. Can they also be paintings? Chicago-based painter and conceptual pop artist Ben Foch seems to think so. His new exhibition at Selenas Mountain consists of six paintings that are each made up of two “syllables.” These syllabic paintings, created using imagery that draws from Foch’s varied childhood influences (which range from cigarettes and designer logos to popular cartoons), can then be interpreted as various “sentences,” depending on how you look at them. If this seems cryptic or confusing, it may be wise to venture to the gallery yourself and see for yourself how it all plays out.