BungalowBy Bryan Martin
Its challenging to present an interdisciplinary group show where individual pieces make up a rational whole. Bungalows second nomadic exhibition in Westbeth Artist Housings gallery space manages this difficult task, successfully taking a varied yet coherent curatorial approach. Fifteen artists are featured with minimal contextualization, encouraging organic connections to develop between objects. A relaxed but never lazy interplay of ideas, embracing conceptual art, interior design, fashion, and still life, exists in an harmonious display of seemingly disparate works.
Nicole StormBy Bryan Martin
Nicole Storms first solo show in New York is an exuberant installation of heavily worked surfaces that combines abstract color painting and calligraphic line drawing. Occupying half of White Columns gallery, the exhibition presents a multicolored collection of two-dimensional and sculptural mixed media works with recurring visual elements.
Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always RunningBy Bryan Martin
In his act of filming, Mekas meticulously captured the poetry of the everyday as he experienced it—springtime flowering bulbs, intimate weddings, dinner with friends, or a sunset on the beach. Jonas Mekas: The Camera Was Always Running at The Jewish Museum situates the artist’s displacement as the impulse for his lifelong search for joy through the camera’s lens in a moving, nuanced, and topical presentation of Mekas’s work.
Liz Larner: Don't put it back like it wasBy Bryan Martin
Entropic, phenomenological, gendered, and ecological ideas are all brought forth to display an exceptional sculptural practice that might otherwise seem disparate. But the strength of interconnected concepts and form presents Larner as an endlessly fascinating, endearing, and unique sculptor who coolly traverses art historical movements.
William McKeownBy Bryan Martin
William McKeown (19622011) was an artist who went beyond embracing the immediacy of being: he sought to capture moments of transcendental beauty by creating spaces brimming with light, framing them through a body of abstract paintings. The 22 works on display for the Irish artists first solo show in New York at Casey Kaplan Gallery represent this dedication to making experiential and predominantly monochromatic color fields.