Opens April 11:
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NYC
Brooklyn-based artist Swoon creates a site-specific installation in Brooklyn Museum’s rotunda gallery, transforming it into a fantastic landscape centering on a monumental sculptural tree with a constructed environment at its base, including sculpted boats and rafts, figurative prints and drawings, and cut paper foliage. Often inspired by contemporary and historical events, Swoon engages with climate change in the installation as a response to the catastrophic Hurricane Sandy that struck the Atlantic Coast in 2012, and Doggerland, a landmass that once connected Great Britain and Europe and that was destroyed by a tsunami 8,000 years ago.
photos from Swoon’s instagram.com/swoonhq
Recommended, opens Feb 14 (7-9p):
Justin Amrhein, Beth Campbell, Jonathan Herder
Mark Lombardi, William Powhida, Ward Shelley
Pierogi Gallery, 177 North 9th St., Brooklyn, NYC [Google Map]
Each of the artists in the exhibition incorporates a vernacular that depicts as well as translates information thereby developing a linear narrative. Mark Lombardi, perhaps the most well known, referred to his information based work as “narrative structures.” His concise body of work — dated from 1996 through 2000 – was developed around events that were international in scope and based on connections of power, politics, and the transfer of money. Ward Shelly employs a similar chart-like visual format but develops his own unique, almost cardiovascular connectivity. He creates historical as well as personal diagrammatic information systems, from his Fluxus Diagram, Addendum to Alfred Barr, People of the Book, to Frank Zappa. William Powhida is known, among other things, for exposing underlying facets of the art world that he’s so closely associated with. Recently he has expanded his work into the fields of sculpture and painting by creating unique variations on some of the dominant trends in contemporary art, albeit with an acute sense of irony. Beth Campbell has worked in multiple mediums for much of her career, from full-scale mirror-image room installations, and distorted inexplicable objects, to her flow chart drawings based on multiple, potential personal futures. Jonathan Herder’s intricate collages utilize the elegant detail of everyday postage stamps with a wit and pathos unique to him. Herder’s carefully composed images are infused with seemingly illogical associations that only become more endearing and plausible with more attention. Justin Amrhein develops information-based works utilizing a schematic format.
various locations, NYC
we’ve enjoyed encountering quite a few of these around town lately, and this appears to be the artist’s Tumblr: