Art Agenda: All the Best Things to See This Week

A weekly compendium of mostly Brooklyn-based, always edifying art events. 

Ousia at Unisex Gallery: Carey Denniston

UNISEX GALLERY: OUSIA
Four artists—Joyce Kim, Carey Denniston, Kellie Romany, and Phoebe Berglund—find a way, somehow, to share the room at Unisex Gallery’s third show. The natural drape of leather in Kim’s work echoes the incredibly detailed contours of Romany’s poured paintings; Berglund’s photographs of soft clay from the floor of a dance performance—now three times removed from the action—line up like bricks on the wall. If these three share a similar tenor, Denniston’s balls (shaved down for hours from brick squares) add comic relief with a bouncing bass line. Call the gallery (417-986-4739) to hear an excerpt of Jocelyn Spaar’s accompanying writing.
Exhibition open through October 29.

Connor Stankard at Motel Gallery

MOTEL GALLERY: STIRRING IN THE MANTLE — CONNOR STANKARD
Like the Whitney show Flatlands, Stankard’s paintings feature a “bizarre unreality” that, according to Motel’s writing, “exert a gravitational pull… over floating objects that resist both grounding and reason.” Dogs and horses float into and out of frames with ribbon, fish, nets, pears and pearls. Uncomfortable weirdness in some meets a shiny, almost-new finish in others.
Exhibition open through October 23.

Esther Ruiz at Bam Next Wave

BAM NEXT WAVE ART: INSTALLATIONS BY ESTHER RUIZ & LAUREN CLAY
Seeing a movie at BAM this weekend? Go early and see Esther Ruiz and Lauren Clay’s installations in the Levitt Lobby of the Peter Jay Sharp Building: Ruiz uses neon and mirrored plexiglass for eggy, other-worldly Well VI (pictured above); in the same room, Clay lines the wall with digitally marbleized vinyl wallpaper to create The Cithara and the Aulos.
On view through December 23

Elise Ferguson at 106 Greene

106 GREEN: FLIPPITY — ELISE FERGUSON
This is a don’t miss/hard to miss situation. There are only two weeks left to see Elise Ferguson’s paintings at 106 Green in Greenpoint, but you could never miss her wild geometry if you’re anywhere nearby: super-bright, mostly primary color combinations are thickly layered on particle board with pigmented plaster. If you had all the money in the world, these are the adult legos and psychedelic raceways and candy mountains you might buy.
Exhibition open through October 16.

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