Editor’s picks New York March 20-26th, 2021.
Hard-hitting maximalist kitsch
FANTASYLAND: Katya Grokhovsky
Postponed twice by the pandemic, “FANTASYLAND” is the artist’s largest and most complex exhibition to date. In her artistic process, Katya Grokhovsky recycles her work, refashioning and adding to it. For those who have followed Grokhovsky’s practice, many elements from previous installations can be identified in “FANTASYLAND,” but much has also been added. The large-scale site-specific installations comment on the United States, the difficulties of navigating life as an immigrant and as a woman. Dark undertones abound amidst Grokhovsky’s colorful and textured fantasyscape. A powerful show of resilience and resistance,
Opening March 20, 4-8PM
Exhibition runs through May 2, 2021
92 Plymouth St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Revel in abstraction
Earthly Coil: Brook Hsu, Liza Lacroix, Heidi Lau, Nikholis Planck, Nazim Ünal Yilmaz
Enigmatic artistic visions abound in the group show “Earthly Coil.” The exhibition title is a cross between Hieronymus Bosch’s famously indecipherable painting, “The
Garden of Earthly Delights,” and the existential soliloquy given by Prince Hamlet in William Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1 (“When we have shuffled off this mortal coil…”). Especially moving is the exhibition’s centerpiece by abstract painter Liza Lacroix. The textured oil painting reveals moments of recognition hidden beneath cloudy paint strokes, The illusive work presents an opportunity to ponder both art and humanity; it is abstract painting at its best.
Exhibition runs through April 10, 2021
94 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002.
Social Justice Commentary
You’re in the war zone: Farideh Sakhaefar, curated by Klaudia Ofwona Draber from KODA
Hard metallic edges, black-market military gear, a body in movement, and photoshopped images are used by the artist portray the many layers of impact of war and conflict. The survey exhibition which presents Farideh Sakhaefar’s oeuvre from the past five years investigates restitution and memory within politics of conflict in video and installation work, the Syrian War, US war in Iraq, and Iranian-US relations figurate heavily. The commentary on the circulation of information in the digital world that underscores the exhibition is especially poignant.
Trotter & Sholer
Opening March 20, 6-8PM
Exhibition runs through April 18, 2021
168 Suffolk Street, New York, NY 10002.
Reading Between the Lines: Jason Naylor, Curated by Beckie Warren (@girlseesart)
“Reading Between the Lines” marks a shift from the streets to the white cube for graffiti artist Jason Naylor, and for the show’s curator, Beckie Warren, who runs the popular Instagram account GirlseesArt, from the digital grid to the wall, Naylor has deconstructed his street artworks, painting moments of them onto canvas using spray paint and acrylic. The result is both colorful and painterly, a joyful must-see.
Exhibition runs through March 21, 2021
150 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249.