With the New Year already off to a raucous start, there are many fine offerings from within the borough for January that yet entice and allure. Foremost of which would have to be the annual fete, including literally hundreds of artworks, "Sideshow Nation II" at Sideshow Gallery. This show is as much an interest for who gets hung as how.
In Dumbo on Jan 9th catch the seasonally appropriate solo show, "A Field Guide to Snow and Ice" from photographer Paula McCartney at Klompching Gallery, which offers luscious black and white photos that read alternately like abstract paintings or celestial all-over compositions, snowflake close-ups that are simply breath-taking. Down the hall, don't miss "A 'Womanhouse' or a Roaming House?" curated by Mira Schor and featuring 40 artists at A.I.R. Gallery.
On Friday, Jan 10th at the Greenpoint Terminal Gallery catch "Poster"; a two-person show curated by artist Niall McClelland and featuring the works of Toronto-based artists Jeremy Jansen and Jesse Harris. Further south in Red Hook that same evening visit Peninsula Art Space and catch the opening of London-based artist Vanessa Hodgkinson or for a taste of the really new, visit Trestle Gallery in Gowanus for the opening of "Introductions", a group show featuring 10 recent grads from BFA or MFA programs around the country.
Sunday, Jan 12th at Soloway finds "Comb" a solo show by Clare Grill, whose ethereal, reductive works exploit scumbled, stained and scrubbed canvas surfaces to maximum effect, giving many of her works an aged, transportive aura.
Friday, Jan 17th, the Fowler Project Space in partnership with Axcess Art presents the French artist-duo NONOTAK (Noemi Schipfer and Takami Nakamoto) who will offer a one-weekend only exhibition of their critically-acclaimed immersive light installations; the images of which seem reminiscent of scenes from some of my favorite science-fiction films of the 70's and 80's (Tron, The Hunger, Logan's Run).
That same evening in Greenpoint, don't miss "Paperazzi", an annual group show of over 150 works on paper at Janet Kurnatowski, a show which is always a blast, packed wall to wall with both art and viewers.
The late Dale Henry (1931-2011), a noted post-minimal / conceptual artist, was active in New York in the 60's and 70's and taught at the SVA until 1986 when he left New York for good. He bequeathed his oeuvre to Alanna Heiss of the Clocktower Gallery and now these sensitive works, including writing, by the artist will be shown at Pioneer Works (159 Pioneer St), opening on January 18th. This is a rare opportunity to acquaint yourself with this artist, nearly forgotten in time.
On Tues January 21st, join the ISCP salon to hear Italian artist Andrea Mastrovito and artist Eileen Maxson present and discuss their newest bodies of work, the later of which takes it's inspiration from the generational, 90's film Reality Bites.
Ventana 244 adds to it's recent and wonderful list of outside guest curators with artists Peter Soriano and Paris based Philippe Richard, who curate "Real State", a group show which opens on Jan 24th and includes the talents of sculptor Eve Bailey and the convoluted, biomorphic works of Ward Shelley, locally represented by Pierogi Gallery.
The month closes off with an eagerly anticipated show at Storefront Ten Eyck, which offers the work of Bjorn Meyer-Ebrecht and Osamu Kobayashi, both of whom mine the materiality of their chosen mediums, be it sculptural object or paint, for the poignancy and contribution inherent within form. This is a pairing I'll be waiting all month for, and gladly.