(image courtesy of Doosan Gallery)

stain begins to absorb the material spilled on
Opening Thursday, January 16 at Doosan Gallery New York, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through February 15.

This “lab” exhibition by artists Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin and Jesse Chun is an intellectual and sensorial treat, offering much to see, hear, ponder, and even smell. The show focuses on the curious relationship between language and digestion, with each artist centering their work around one of these two components. Chun unpacks and deconstructs language’s ability to “render one readable as a subject,” from the ubiquitous presence of English to the power of official written documents, while Shin (who also has an ongoing session at Recess) utilizes ancient Korean vases used for fermentation to explore the theoretical and literal vitrification (the process of a substance becoming glasslike) that occurs in conjunction with Westernization.

(image via Front Room Gallery / Facebook)

Vital Force: Water Essential
Opening Friday, January 17 at Front Room Gallery, 7 pm to 9 pm. On view through February 9.

The past few days have been a flurry of cognitive dissonance, prompting New Yorkers to both revel in the warm weather and worry about the impending, inevitable climate disaster. The elements have been on everyone’s mind more than usual lately, from fires in Australia to earthquakes in Puerto Rico and beyond. This has extended to the art world: the latest show at Front Room Gallery explores the wide world of water, how it serves as both a necessary life force and something that can wreak true havoc. The show takes the form of both traditional nature photography, offering beautiful shots of seascapes and glaciers, but also features more abstract takes, like an assemblage made from ocean plastic and plankton.

(image via haul gallery)

I was busy thinking’ bout toys
Opening Saturday, January 18 at haul gallery, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through February  16.

One of the perks (well, and maybe flaws) of living in New York is you can find a lot of interesting trash laying about. Some of it is useful, some of it is strange, and some of it is unnecessary but still pretty fun. I for one have the bottom half of a mannequin that is dressed in lingerie, missing a leg, and has “Alanis Morisette” scrawled on the other as a piece of decor in my room, and I found it on the street. In a show at haul gallery, artist Ivoire Foreman has made good use of the discarded toys they’ve come across, deconstructing them and transforming them into dreamily grotesque new creations that riff on the correlation between children’s playthings and gender norms.

Update, January 18: the description for stain begins to absorb the material spilled on was revised to more accurately describe the exhibition’s content.