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TAX Top Picks | Exhibition Openings June 24 - 29

New York

Andy Mattern, Elizabeth Houston Gallery

Andy Mattern, Elizabeth Houston Gallery

Elizabeth Houston Gallery

Title: Normal Pictures
Artist: Andy Mattern
Opening: June 28 7-9pm
On view from: June 26- August 15, 2019
This exhibition displays reconfigured mid-century paper dials via the use of Photoshop. Andy Mattern removes all the text in order to create a more design centered and geometric dial. 

“While his graphics are equally vivid, Mattern diverges sharply from the Constructivist view that art itself is an object, and one of mass production at that. Instead, Mattern refashions such objects into works of art, reaching into the past for his source material.”

Dana Hoey, Petzel Gallery

Dana Hoey, Petzel Gallery

Petzel Gallery

Title: Dana Hoey
Artist: Dana Hoey Presents
On view from: June 27- August 2, 2019
Dana Hoey Presents challenges and tackles ideas and implcations of feminism, combat, violence, self defense, and martial arts. It is “a para fictional exhibition conceptualized, produced and directed by Hoey, in which the artist will show her own photographic work, the performance and sculpture work of Marcela Torres, and a live ladies Muay Thai fight night that will take place in a 20’ x 20’ boxing ring installed inside the gallery.”

Luhring Augustine

Luhring Augustine

Luhring Augustine

Title: Garcia, Raina, Shore, Tossin
Artist: Ektor garcía, Kaveri Raina, Rebecca Shore, and Clarissa Tossin
Opening: June 27, 6-8pm
On view from: June 28- August 16, 2019
Presenting García’s recent work, including sculptures made of glazed ceramic, porcelain, steel, crocheted cotton, and copper wire that are simultaneously delicate and powerful.”

Tossins work “focuses on the failures of modernity and globalism in her work, and combines sculpture, performance, video, and photography to examine the impact of cultural and economic exchange.”

Raina’s “vibrant paintings, anxious, yet familiar shapes teeter across the surface, amorphous but present. Her forms hover in space and collapse any distinctions between figure and ground, landscape and portrait, and abstraction and representation.”

Shores recent work “draws on a vocabulary of ribbons, draped fabric, chains, and hoops, which are defined in part by their physical characteristics: floating, looping and twisting ribbons, taut and weighted chains, pleated, translucent fabric, and stiff hoops.”

Woody De Othello, Karma

Woody De Othello, Karma

Karma

Title: To Live In Hope
Artist: Woody De Othello
Opening: June 27 6-8pm
On view from: June 27- August 4, 2019
Woody De Othello’s first NYC solo show presents his sculptures of hands that are arranged in hopeful gestures with underlying serious implications. 

“His sense of humor operates in memorable visual puns, poetic ambiguity and an understanding of reality. While ostensibly figurative, his subject matter spans household objects, the natural world, and qualities of the body. Symbolism and metamorphosis are present in varying degrees, and the process of the sculptures’ creation gives Othello a wide field for experimentation in which chance becomes his ally alongside technique: each work surfaces a tradition of making that relies on modeling, impressions to surface, almost-alchemical glazing, and assemblage.”

Orange Art Projects

Orange Art Projects

Orange Art Projects

Title: 8 ½ Anti-Social Masks for Instagram
Artist: Kuzma Vostrikov, Ajuan Song
Opening: June 25 6-9pm
On view from: June 27- July 1, 2019
This exhibition features selections from Vostrikov and Song’s “upcoming series Absolutely Augmented Reality, situating human bodies in elaborately constructed sets that envision the elusiveness of illusions.”

“Absolutely Augmented Reality collects postcards from dreams, registering the penumbra of fleeting moments. Individually, each photograph suggests a narrative that declines resolution; collectively, the series evades the comfort of clarity in favor of the mysteries of ambiguity. The storytellers are uncertain guides, leaving breadcrumbs along multiple pathways, some as definitive as a punchline, others as elusive as a mirage. Our immersion in visual media creates a confidence of sophistication that waylays the theatrical tradition of suspended belief. What if, these storytellers ask, you’ll believe anything you see? What if you understand falsehood as truth, or truth as falsehood? Don’t believe us, they implore, even as they insist that what you see is no mere trick. It is everything you see. It is nothing you see.”

Los Angeles

NFN Kalyan, IV Gallery

NFN Kalyan, IV Gallery

iv Gallery

Title: Mixtape
Artist: NFN Kalyan
Opening: June 28th 7-10 PM

iv gallery opens its doors on June 28th with a solo show by NFN Kalyan. “Mixtape”, a body of work three years in the making, consists of mostly large scale “old master” style oil paintings depicting the cultural, religious , artistic and historical influences of the artist, visually remastered into essentially a mixtape of humanities past, present and future that challenges the viewer to question societal, and their own views on many unchallenged “accepted” norms of the story of humanity so far.