Crash Report Opening Monday December 12 at Babycastles, 6 pm to 11 pm. On view through December 18.
Babycastles, which recently scored nonprofit status, presents this showcase of work by Parsons students in the Design & Technology program. The creators have specifically crafted a variety of video game art as well as new and experimental ways to experience and play video games, drawing from “folk games,” the old-school arcade aesthetic, and the idea of games as social interactions. Babycastles is no stranger to this sort of boundary-pushing video game art– just recently we’ve profiled shows they’ve done featuring games conjuring feelings of social anxiety, mystical games about Tarot cards, witches, mental health, and more. The games in Crash Report appear to run the gamut, from quests to build “the ultimate sandwich” or find the biggest sword in the land to a dreamlike experience about a boat at sea. And in Luis Gerardo Huiza Blanco’s piece Firewall, you play “a hacker tasked with retrieving information from a corrupt, brutal government.” …Too soon? In addition to the all-ages opening reception, the show also features a “not quite closing party” on Friday night and a day of artist talks on Sunday afternoon.
MVMT: a solo exhibition by Brandon Perdomo Opening Monday December 5 at The Living Gallery, 7 pm to 10:30 pm. One night only.
Multidisciplinary artist Brandon Perdomo presents a one-night-only exhibition, which includes photography and performance work. Though this is a solo exhibition, he has enlisted the help of two performances to fill the night: at 8 pm, Another Lopez, who is the subject of a photo series by Perdomo, will perform a live dance installation piece and at 8:30 pm the silly, catchy, trash-loving band Pinc Louds will be leaving their home base of the NYC subway underground to play a colorful set. There is an $8 suggested donation, vegan dumplings may make an appearance, and BYOB is welcome.
Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter: Holiday Screening & Reception Monday, November 28 at The Kitchen, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Sondra Perry: Resident Evil on view through December 10.
Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, aka BWA for BLM, is a fairly self-explanatory “collective force underground” group formed in July 2016 in response to the continual systemic violence perpetuated against black bodies in America. This evening, the group is taking over experimental performance and art space The Kitchen to show a series of videos, both archives of past performances the group has done and videos created by members of the group, all while beats by DJ LotusMoon infiltrate your ears.
Nkiruka J. Oparah, study n° 080415, 2015, digital collage (image via BRIC)
BRIC Biennial: Volume II, Bed Stuy / Crown Heights Opening Wednesday, November 9 at BRIC, 7 pm to 9 pm. On view through January 15.
BRIC’s largest exhibition to date is centered at Downtown Brooklyn’s BRIC House but also taking place in portions of Crown Heights’s FiveMyles, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Weeksville Heritage Center. The show’s sprawling spread reflects the artists represented in the show, as all 40 are local to Crown Heights and Bed Stuy. The theme for the exhibit is “Affective Bodies,” placing a focus on “bodily experience rather than on learned knowledge,” a somewhat subversive move in the world of art exhibits, as so many are grounded in theory, explained using highly academic terms, and/or featuring high-class educated folks. Each non-BRIC venue will showcase a different sort of work: Weeksville Heritage artists are focused on the “emotional resonance” people give urban spaces, the Brooklyn Public Library artists use preexisting documents as their source material to create new works, and FiveMyles will focus on performance art. More →
Laughter in the Dark, Drawings from 1971 & 1975 Opening Tuesday, November 1 at Hauser & Wirth 22nd Street, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through January 14.
While our heads are all aflurry with the politics of today, it could be good to take a break, clear your head before you place pen to paper and fill out that absentee ballot, trying not to smudge the ink with your tears of frustration and hopelessness. Though this election season seems truly eternal, there were other presidents, and there was art made about them, too. Hauser & Wirth’s 22nd Street location will be showing a tremendous collection of Philip Guston’s satirical caricature drawings of Richard Nixon, from his well-known “Poor Richard” series to collections of sketches rarely seen by the public, if at all.
R. Luke DuBois Learning Machine #2, 2016 AVM voting machine (instruction model, blue, ca. 1955), voting booth, computer, camera, lights, screen
The Choice Is Yours Opening Wednesday October 26 at bitforms gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through December 23.
It seems to be a near-impossible task to find any sort of political media that does not deal heavily with those two folks with names beginning with D and H. If you’re interested in engaging with the current events but not with the media circus, consider checking out R. Luke DuBois’s solo show, part of LES gallery bitforms’s 15th anniversary season. The exhibition is a questioning of “individual agency,” from basic tasks to those with (supposedly) more weight, like voting.
Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly, Sightseers Opening Tuesday, October 18 at Equity Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through October 29.
Arielle de Saint Phalle curates a show of work by Andrew Gori and Ambre Kelly, founders of the SPRING/BREAK Art Show among other projects, curatorial and otherwise. For the first time, the two artists will be showing a series of collaborative photographs they’ve taken over the course of five years. The photos are described as a chronicle of “the self-portraiture practice of travelers and tourists,” which is essentially a fancy way to say you’re taking pix of people taking selfies in various locations. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. As selfies have become more and more ubiquitous throughout the world, a documentation of how people take them, especially in international travel hubs and beyond, sounds certainly intriguing. Sure, it’s definitely a little weird and voyeuristic to be showing them in a fine art space, but I suppose it’s just a more permanent form of people-watching. In stark constrast to the high-tech smartphone, which is prime vehicle for selfies, all of the photos on display were taken with 20th Century prosumer film cameras. So no, that’s not just a vintage Instagram filter.
Mike Taylor: Condensed Flesh Opening Thursday October 13 at Idio Gallery, 6 pm to 11 pm. On view through October 30.
East Williamsburg space Idio Gallery put out a call for crowdsourced financial support several months ago, which very well could have signaled that it was beginning to scale down. However, with a show at Bushwick Open Studios and another show opening shortly after, they don’t appear to be going anywhere. This one is a solo show, presenting works on paper and paintings by renowned graphic artist Mike Taylor, created between 2012 and now. Finished works won’t be the only thing on display in this show, as Idio’s downstairs basement space will be transformed into a showcase of the artist in-process, with drawings not yet done, prints, and “printmaking debris” on view as well. Taylor’s work is bold and bright, often utilizing neon colors and mixing abstract patterns with notes of realism and the human form filtered through the style of the illustrator and comic artist.
Co//Modified: A Showcase of Design Artists Opening Monday October 3 at The Living Gallery, 7 pm to 10 pm. One night only.
In this one-night-only show curated by Mia Schachter, eight artists who “straddle the line of intention between utilitarian design and art” will make their way to Bushwick’s The Living Gallery to show their work. Many of these artists make work that they predominantly try to sell as useful objects, like hyperstylized papier-mâché percussion instruments, ceramic mugs or pots, and embroidery. This show seeks to lay their salesperson spirit to rest momentarily so they can merely show off their creations as art. But if you’d like to go home with a piece or two, you’ll be able to do so as well.
Self-Reflection Opening Tuesday September 27 at The Untitled Space, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through October 8.
No less than 21 female artists will descend upon Tribeca art gallery The Untitled Space this Tuesday for the show “Self-Reflection.” Their art spans multiple genres, but all pieces will focus on some form of self-portrait, using the artists’s own bodies as a tool for creation. These self-portraits aren’t the typical depiction of oneself; some are even constructed through wool tapestry weaving. Rather than being potrayed by others, where objectification and the pesky male gaze can run rampant, these women will take their bodies into their own hands (in some cases, literally) to construct a self that feels authentic to them, however that might manifest. Some photograph themselves, some use images of their own nude form for painting references– either way, it’s all them.