Nicole Awai, Reflection Pool, 2019, acrylic paint, resin, graphite, nail polish, plastic, shells, crystalline solids and paper, 50 x 38 in. 

Envisioning the Liquid Land
Opening Wednesday, October 30 at Lesley Heller Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through December 21.

Envisioning the Liquid Land could be the title of a book on how climate change will undoubtedly plunge us all underwater one day, but it’s also the name of Nicole Awai’s latest solo show, on view starting Wednesday at Lesley Heller Gallery on Orchard Street. The Trinidad-born artist and teacher is known for utilizing a wide range of items in her art, from nail polish and resin to feathers and shells, in order to explore the intricacies of living in America today. Awai’s multifaceted style gives her work a multi-dimensional feel reminiscent of candy-colored dreamlands that look almost like normal life, but more surreal and more intriguing. That’s not all—in the gallery’s project space, there will also be an installation by Rachelle Dang, inspired by Hawaiian colonialism and botanical cabinets.

Douglas Gordon, Happy Birthday to Me…, 2008 (ongoing)
Human replica skulls with star shapes carved out, red carpet, red transparent PVC foil and red painted walls
Dimensions variable
Installation view, Collection Lambert, Avignon, 2008
© Studio lost but found / Douglas Gordon / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2019
Photo: Studio lost but found / Frederik Pedersen

Douglas Gordon
Opening Friday, November 1 at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through December 15.

One of the most ubiquitous images to be seen when Halloween time comes around is also something that’s with us every day of our lives: a skeleton. This formation of human bones has also popped up in art a fair bit, from the painterly still lives of Paul Cézanne to the pop art of Andy Warhol. Starting Friday at Eva Presenhuber on Great Jones Street, video artist Douglas Gordon will be making his own contributions to the canon with an exhibition that features, among other things, a red-lit room filled with human skull replicas and his take on the Warhol skull.

(image via Martos Gallery / Facebook)

Love, Sam
Opening Friday, November 1 at Martos Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through December 22.

Tyree Guyton has been making a unique array of art for years—you may have heard of his decades-long Heidelberg Project, a large-scale installation of found objects on a partially-abandoned Detroit street—but Love, Sam is his first solo exhibition in New York City. The Detroit-based artist will be showing a mix of his own playful painted works, which are collage-y, cartoon-y, and usually painted on anything but a formal canvas, alongside works on paper by his grandfather Sam Mackey, who gave Guyton his first paintbrush and acted as an early mentor.