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September 2013 Art in Brooklyn


September 2013 in Brooklyn offers exhibitions that are exciting, wildly diverse and truly world class. On Friday, Sept 6th, artist Saya Woolfalk curates "The Fourth Dimension," a group exhibition at Trestle Gallery (168 7th Street #35) in Gowanus. Offering works by Trenton Doyle Hancock, Chitra Ganesh and William Villalongo, each impressive in their own right, the show promises to push narrative, myth, and identity into new arenas of post-critical consideration.

In Bushwick on Friday Sept 6th attend, "You Might Find Yourself," the intriguing and hypnotic, lenticular 3-D photographs of British artist Richard Paul opening at Theodore: Art (56 Bogart St.). That same night find, "Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?", a group exhibition curated by premier art advisor Todd Levin at Storefront Bushwick (16 Wilson Ave.) featuring the fantastical figurations of artists Donald Roller Wilson, Jennifer Wynne Reeves, and "Hairy Who" notableJim Nutt.

Lastly on Sept 6th in Dumbo is Minus Space (111 Front St. #226) with "Julian Pretto Gallery" a sampling from seminal gallerist and alt art-space pioneer Julian Pretto, including work from such luminaries as Carl Andre, Sol Lewitt, and Lucio Pozzi.

Figurework's(168 N. 6th Street) presentation, on September 12, of several linear and child-like etchings from Alexander Calder, is one that I am eagerly anticipating as it includes the 1974 limited-edition suite of 9 darkly contoured, almost ghoulish works illustrating E.E. Cumming's one-act play, "Santa Claus."

An early opening on Saturday Sep 14th (4-7pm) at Red Hook's Pioneer Works (159 Pioneer St.) proffers "Amor Fati", a group exhibition on the protagonist, Dionysius, and his attendant themes of excess, primeval phantasm, and chaos. Curated byHauser & Wirth Associate Director Anna Erickson and Wills Baker, the potent and irresistible artist mix includes Douglas Gordon, Andy Warhol, Nick van Woert and Yoko Ono.

The next day, September 15th, finds Crown Heights' Five Myles(558 St. Johns Place) opening "Process and Synthesis"; a four artist group show that includes work byEmily Berger, Nicholas Constantakis, Iona Kleinhaut, and Kimberly Mahorn. In particular, I am interested in seeing the pairing of Emily Berger's honest, beautifully pared down, dry-brush paintings with the integrity of Kimberly Mayhorn's simple material sculptures.

On Thurday Sept. 19th is the opening of Photoville (www.photovillenyc.org) a photo-village of exhibitions mounted in shipping containers, set in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This festival boasts over 60,000 sq.ft of art, workshops, beer gardens, etc.

The last show I'm anxious for this month opens on September 22nd at Soloway (348 S. 4th St), featuring the work of Wynne Greenwood; a self-described "queer, feminist artist who works with video, performance, music and object-making to practice culture-healing". Greenwood’s current video-performance work includes real-time engagement with projected video media, a practice dating back to her time as Tracy + the Plastics; an electro-rock band created by Greenwood wherein she would take the form of all three band members (singing as "Tracy" and interacting with the pre-recorded, projected images of "Cola" and "Nikki" on a video screen behind her). Her song "City" (2001) was a personal anthem my first year in New York and I look forward to seeing her current object-based endeavors.

Closing out the month, Sept 27-29, check out the Dumbo Arts Festival (www.dumboartsfestival.com), 3 days of over 500 artists, 100 studios and 50 galleries, music, performance stages and the like.

—Enrico Gomez