Art in Brooklyn: What to See This Week

shawn powell at 106 green

Shawn Powell wrote a screenplay to accompany the paintings in his solo show. (I wonder about painters and movies; are painters jealous, sometimes?) It begins: “Black screen (soothing sound of waves advancing and retreating from the shore)” then this text appears in black and white: “She found herself alone by the sea.” The woman Powell writes about, and paints, lives on a surreal island. Worms and mannequin heads populate the beach, but it’s less Dalí and a little more Miami Vice.
Exhibition opens Saturday, February 4, 6:00PM — 8:00PM. Open through March 5.

Dead Horse Bay

 (Will Ellis, Abandoned NYC)
All along the east coast (and elsewhere) bottle dumps are starting to appear in the dunes as the oceanside landscape morphs. Pre-recycling, anything that people wanted to get rid of—from tractors to shoes to plates to a great deal of beer and liquor bottles—was deposited in these dumps. Our own beautiful bottle dump is in Dead Horse Bay, the morass to your right as you cross Flatbush Avenue to the Rockaways. Allison Meier curated work by 13 artists who use the glass from this dump to make new things. On Saturday, Urban Glass is celebrating their 40th anniversary with open studios, and the rest of 2017 will feature a host of programs honoring the milestone.
Exhibition opens Wednesday, February 1, 6:00PM — 9:00PM

critique night at brooklyn brush

Tonight! Artist Pia Coronel hosts a critique night for anyone with works in progress. There are a few rules (including don’t ask “what if”), you have to be able to bring the work to Bushwick, and you must RSVP. We could all use a little constructive criticism, couldn’t we? Open Critique Night happens Wednesday, February 1, 7:00PM — 10:00PM.

The Fates at Interstate Gallery

Interstate is where all the youngs go, and this show seems particularly youngs-driven, except the theme (and a few of the artists). Curator Bryce Grates was born in 1993 and graduated from Pratt Institute just last year; for her writing about this six-person group show, she looks to ancient Greece. The artists’s ages boast a similar span: 1994 saw one artist born and another finish college. Does this have any bearing whatsoever on the art? Not really—but if it channels the spirit of the youngs, it’ll be great.
Exhibition opens Friday, February 3, 6:00PM — 9:00. On view through March 12.