KNOCKDOWN CENTER — NASTY WOMEN EXHIBIT + TALKS
It’s a full weekend of nasty programming and a massive exhibit featuring work from over 700 artists (most of them nasty women). Proceeds from sale of the work—everything is priced at $100 or under—will benefit Planned Parenthood, and concerts over the weekend benefit various others, from the New York Immigration Coalition to SisterSong. Saturday, Tom Tom Magazine will host face-cracking ten-minute drum sessions. You can also bring a shirt with a hole in it and get a real tattoo where the hole is—very nasty indeed.
Opening Friday, January 13 — talks + concerts through Sunday, January 15.
TRANSMITTER GALLERY — PHOTO II
Eli Durst just won the 2016 Aperture Portfolio prize. His work is included in this show, and so is Irina Rozovsky’s, Erin O’Keefe’s, and Lindsay Metivier’s. Everyone shares a bizarre, vacant-but-knowing sense of youth; there is also violence (or at least the temptation of it) and Erin’s painting-like captures of shape and color.
Exhibition open through February 12.
JOURNAL GALLERY — DANIEL BOCCATO
If it looks like something you’ve seen before, that’s because it is! Each wall at Journal Gallery holds one of Boccato’s colorful, sculptural shapes—made of epoxy and fiberglass with a polyurethane coating—for this solo show. The work lives in a safe, comfortable arena, which makes sense for an artist who recently graduated from Cooper Union (2013). But the feeling of familiarity doesn’t ruin the fun; with titles like “belface”, “ribface” and “tokeface”, the show is like living inside the hashtag #iseefacesinplaces.
Exhibition extended to January 15.
SOLOWAY — CAUGHT IN A LOOPED GESTURE, TERTTU UIBOPUU
More photography! Terttu Uibopuu is visiting assistant professor of art at Wesleyan and received her MFA from Yale in 2011. This show is her bread and butter: Uibopuu, who grew up in Estonia during Soviet occupation, photographs the subtle dramas of suffering and survival in both Estonia and the American South.
Opening Sunday, January 15 6:00PM — 8:00PM, exhibition open through February 19.
AMERICAN MEDIUM — A PATTERN WITHDRAWN
The writing about this show is a real gnarl (“as a cognitive event, pattern recognition taps into the virtual, a causative realm…” etc.), especially in contrast to the light, slippery, barely-there nature of the work. N. Dash, Lauren Gault, Norman Leto, Lucky Dragons, and Park McArthur all contribute something, from N. Dash’s soft photographs of worried linen to Norman Leto’s video, “Lifeshapes”, which captures tangled white “lifeshapes” and narrates their owners, honing in on dents and protrusions that match life gains, changes, or losses. There are also a great deal of Lauren Gault’s white ceramic creatures wandering around.
Exhibition open through January 22.