A direct reference to the Talking Heads, “This Must Be The Place” is Deborah Farnault’s second solo exhibition in New York. Farnault works in a variety of media – photography, silkscreen printing, and mixed media – to illustrate the hunt for an “ideal” landscape or for some peace of mind, balancing back and forth between chaotic and peaceful visions. It is a collection of encounters, sensory experiences, and feelings while making our way through life. The opening reception is Friday, August 31, 6–8 pm with a performance by Ryan Ferreira.
Nothing epitomizes the dog days of summer more literally than a Chelsea art exhibition called Dogma, where, through August 10, a live dog plays dead on a Persian rug in the middle of Metro Pictures gallery.
"The Perfect Storm", a group exhibition exploring man-made and natural disasters can be viewed through August 17th at the Julie Saul Gallery. The selected artists use their work as a conduit to address environmental, political and economic issues, each exploring man’s tenuous relationship to nature in a global landscape fraught with uncertainty. The destructive forces of nature, global warming, “the war on terror” and financial uncertainty are all challenges we face today.
Opening tonight at the New Museum, “Ghosts in the Machine” surveys the constantly shifting relationship between humans, machines, and art. The works assembled trace the complex historical passage from the mechanical to the optical to the virtual, looking at the ways in which humans have projected anthropomorphic behaviors onto machines that have become progressively more human.
“Backlash” is an exhibition that addresses the current political climate towards women. In response to the increasing tension against providing women with basic healthcare needs and the ensuing media storm which demonizes women, Soho20 Gallery Chelsea is hosting a venue for outrage. Opening reception July 19, 6-8 pm.
We’re Floating is a new interactive 45 minute walk designed by artist and poet Jon Cotner beginning at 4pm on July 14th. Each hour he revives the ancient, endangered practices of walking and talking. His interactive walks through Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City combine dialogue, observation, and movement for the sake of worldly encounter.
An exhibition by Rod Craig, ‘An Englishman in New York’ will run at One Art Space from July 12th through August 2nd. Iconic landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge, The Guggenheim Museum and Central Park will feature strongly in the exhibition, alongside more obscure images from New York and at home in Oxfordshire, England.
The July exhibition at Soho Photo Gallery will present the 34 winners of its 17th Annual National Photography Competition, as juried by photographer Forrest Old on Thursday, July 5th.The exhibition will also feature work from guest Shoot4Change, a global network of volunteer photographers who work to raise public awareness about social issues.From July 5 through August 4, you can view the winning photos as well as other exhibitions at the gallery.
If portraiture has historically meant a close scrutiny of a face to reveal the personality within, it might be worthwhile to consider how our notion of a face is transformed by its perpetual digitization, which allows for serial replication, morphing, and alteration, all the while presumed to possess some meaningful or authentic link to its referent. Check out “Archival Portraits” at Carriage Trade opening Friday, June 29, 6-8pm.