Last week’s roundup of art openings touched on mythology and mysticism (most of those shows are still on, so go now). This week, it’s all about deconstruct, abstraction, illusion, order and chaos.
Alicia DeBrincat: Digital Interference/Analog Intervention April 9 (opening reception 7-10pm) to April 28 at Vitrina, 90 Stanton St., Lower East Side.
Brooklyn-based artist Alicia DeBrincat is interested in the collision of photography and painting as two very different ways of presenting “visual truth”: she transfers photos, whether archival or taken by herself, onto canvas and then leaves gaps in the photographic images — oftentimes, the face is what’s left out. These gaps are then filled with brightly colored paintings. At this show, you’ll see embellished versions of celebrity mugshots from victimless crimes, e.g. Elvis’s arrest for lewd dancing or David Bowie’s arrest for marijuana possession, along with archival photos of powerful cultural figures from the past including Queen Victoria, Buffalo Bill, and Wyatt Earp.
With a few exceptions, 28-year-old Irene Yoo wasn’t impressed by the variety of food served in Koreatown, as “you were kind of getting the same food at every place,” namely bibimbap, kimchi, and Korean barbecue. But don’t get her wrong: “I am always nostalgic for that sort of food,” she told us. “Even mediocre Korean food is good when you love it.”
At these upcoming shows, artists “pimp” out myth, magic, and movies.
“Poop,” courtesy of Richie Brown
Myth and Mutations April 10 (opening 7-9pm) to May 2 at Reverse, 28 Frost St., Williamsburg
For this one, Richie Brown took traditional oracle cards and swapped in emojis. “I realized that a lot of the newly created cards had emoji counterparts (i.e. santa, alien, poop with eyes) as well as some of the traditional ones (i.e. envelope, dog, eyeballs),” he told us. The cards, he said, contain what you might call “Jungian archetypes” — “but I don’t know how Jung would feel about poop with eyes being included in that,” he admitted. Brown will perform readings using his “spiked” or “pimped” deck at the opening. Meanwhile, Jonathan Monaghan’s “The Checkpoint” is a reinterpretation of Dürer’s Triumphal arch, where griffons and heraldic crests are replaced by security camera, video game weaponry and Whole Foods logos. And Yara Travieso’s video installations reinterpret Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Eurypides’s Medea.
Wait how did this one not make Smorgasburg’s new lineup? In a new video by Brooklyn Independent Media, the minds behind the Bushwick Spam — who look a lot like the Greenpoint-dwelling hipster-yuppies from the David Cross’s Hits — eagerly break down their creative process using all the right buzzwords, from “refined, artisanal” to “inspiration, and, you know, frivolity, experimentation.”
Nothing’s sacred in the world of burlesque. This month, your favorite troupes take on everything from hip-hop to the Holy Bible.
Brown Girls Burlesque: Lil’ Kim vs. Nicki Minaj April 2 at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St., East Village; tickets $20
Brown Girls Burlesque promises to plumb “the good, the bad, and the ratchet” at this tribute to “hip-hop’s sista queens”: “We are going to get everything ‘Did,’ our hair, nails, with heels and hype gear to match and celebrate two of Hip-Hop’s greatest with sexy ferocity befitting a Double Queen Jubilee!” Va va voom.
Sure, it was cool to see Tilda Swinton sleeping in a glass box, but what if the artist was present for some pillow talk?
That’s exactly what’s happening at a new show at Bosi Contemporary, “Come to Bed!”, which uses three queen-sized beds to focus on the different types of communication that take place under the covers. “You can sleep, you can eat in your bed, you can have sexual experiences,” said the show’s curator, Roya Sachs. “At each age, you experience it differently, which is nice because they’re all of different ages, the artists, so they have different relationships with the bed.”
Mr Gorgeous as Cancerian Crab. (Photo: Eli Schmidt)
Do you find yourself humming “The Age of Aquarius” in the shower? constantly cursing Mercury retrograde?blaming your misfortunes on Saturn? All of those are, um, signs that you should head to Parkside Lounge tonight for “Zodiac Burlesque: The Best of the West.”
A pair of local artisans — one dealing in leather and the other in jewelry — have put down roots on Williamsburg’s Grand Street strip. Fitzgerald Jewelry recently moved from North 11th Street, its home of 16 years, to 251 Grand. Fitzgerald is a hybrid business: “We’re a gallery, and a school and we have our own collection of jewelry,” owner Michael Fitzgerald told us.
Photo: Courtesy of Hotsy Totsy Burlesque and Joe “The Shark” Naftali
The fifth season of Game of Thrones doesn’t premiere until April 12, but if you’re missing its byzantine intrigue, bloodshed and sexiness you can quell your thirst for Westeros (and Essos) with a new show from Hotsy Totsy Burlesque. “Game of Tassels” comes to the Slipper Room this Thursday.
Armory Arts Week continues tonight with a VIP preview party for “Art On Paper” at Pier 36. The fair opens to the public tomorrow, Friday, on the Lower East Side waterfront, and many of its 55 exhibitors are either from downtown or North Brooklyn. They’re showing works by artists who, per the website “look to paper as a major influence in their sculpture, drawing, painting and photography.”