Gallery Spotlight: 4 Art Exhibitions in the LES

Lyles & King — February 18 - March 18

Mi Kafchin, a Romanian Berlin-based artist, explores the depths of her own subconscious in her fantastical, wondrous, and impactful paintings in Between Nights

Stuart Lorimer, in his second exhibition for the gallery’s Project Room Drama, collects his visual observations onto a canvas, and thus creates a series of paintings that are almost film stills through their theatricality and the humorous unfolding of their scenarios.

 Mi Kafchin -  Self-Sufficient Plant , 2016, Oil on canvas, 181 x 126 cm, 71.25 x 50 inches (detail). Courtesy of Lyles & King.

Mi Kafchin - Self-Sufficient Plant, 2016, Oil on canvas, 181 x 126 cm, 71.25 x 50 inches (detail). Courtesy of Lyles & King.

 Mi Kafchin -  The Fountain with Bats , 2017, Oil on wood, 108 x 78 cm, 42.5 x 31 inches (detail). Courtesy of Lyles & King.

Mi Kafchin - The Fountain with Bats, 2017, Oil on wood, 108 x 78 cm, 42.5 x 31 inches (detail). Courtesy of Lyles & King.

 Stuart Lorimer -  Wink In and Out of Existence , 2018, Oil and charcoal on canvas, 30 x 24 inches (detail). Courtesy of Lyles & King.

Stuart Lorimer - Wink In and Out of Existence, 2018, Oil and charcoal on canvas, 30 x 24 inches (detail). Courtesy of Lyles & King.

 Stuart Lorimer -  A Train Can Hide Another From It (Dance of Life) , 2018, Oil and charcoal on canvas, 54 x 48 inches. Courtesy of Lyles & King.

Stuart Lorimer - A Train Can Hide Another From It (Dance of Life), 2018, Oil and charcoal on canvas, 54 x 48 inches. Courtesy of Lyles & King.

GRIMM — February 3 - March 11

Dave McDermott’s paintings in The Long Goodbye show the artist’s interest in both the textural and the figurative elements, and his almost-sensual approach to materials elevate his characters to a quasi-godlike state, yet still infused with his notion of an inaccessible ideal and the inevitability of failure. 

The Harlem-born, Amsterdam-based artist Desiree Dolron, in her video installation titled Complex Systems, takes the viewer into a mysterious world. She shows the mesmerising movements of a digitally drawn flock of starlings, exploring the role of the individual within a collective, and the fragility of being. 

 Dave McDermott -  Then & Now  2016, Oil, oil stick, 23k gold, cardboard, Flashe, gesso, photographs, sizing, and wax on panel, 237.8 x 182.9 x 5.1 cm | 93 5/8 x 7. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of the artist and GRIMM Amsterdam | New York.

Dave McDermott - Then & Now 2016, Oil, oil stick, 23k gold, cardboard, Flashe, gesso, photographs, sizing, and wax on panel, 237.8 x 182.9 x 5.1 cm | 93 5/8 x 7. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of the artist and GRIMM Amsterdam | New York.

 Dave McDermott - Big Somewhere 2016, Oil, oil stick, 23k gold, Flashe, cut photographs, and sizing on panel, 237.8 x 182.9 x 5 cm | 93 5/8 x 72 x 2 in. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of the artist and GRIMM Amsterdam | New York.

Dave McDermott - Big Somewhere 2016, Oil, oil stick, 23k gold, Flashe, cut photographs, and sizing on panel, 237.8 x 182.9 x 5 cm | 93 5/8 x 72 x 2 in. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of the artist and GRIMM Amsterdam | New York.

 Dave McDermott -  La Saraghina  2017, Oil on linen, 198.1 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm | 78 x 60 x 1 1/2 in. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of the artist and GRIMM Amsterdam | New York.

Dave McDermott - La Saraghina 2017, Oil on linen, 198.1 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm | 78 x 60 x 1 1/2 in. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of the artist and GRIMM Amsterdam | New York.

 Dave McDermott -  Borrowed Tune for Marlowe (Armleder's Cat)  2018, Yarn, oil, oil stick, canvas on panel, 190.5 x 160 x 5.1 cm | 75 x 63 x 2 in. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of the artist and GRIMM Amsterdam | New York.

Dave McDermott - Borrowed Tune for Marlowe (Armleder's Cat) 2018, Yarn, oil, oil stick, canvas on panel, 190.5 x 160 x 5.1 cm | 75 x 63 x 2 in. Copyright the artist. Courtesy of the artist and GRIMM Amsterdam | New York.

Jack Hanley — February 8 - March 11

Borrowing the exhibition title, A Little Louder, Love, from singer-songwriter Connie Converse, the Brooklyn-based artist Danielle Orchard explores the interior life of women. She creates portraits of modern women by contextualising her characters in compositions inspired by Analytical Cubist and Italian Renaissance artists when female models were painted by mostly male artists. 

 Danielle Orchard -  November 9 (Requiem) , 2017, Oil on canvas, 60 x 84 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Hanley Gallery.

Danielle Orchard - November 9 (Requiem), 2017, Oil on canvas, 60 x 84 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Hanley Gallery.

 Danielle Orchard -  Girl Reading a Letter,  2017, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Hanley Gallery.

Danielle Orchard - Girl Reading a Letter, 2017, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Hanley Gallery.

 Danielle Orchard -  Graceful It Grew,  2017, Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Hanley Gallery.

Danielle Orchard - Graceful It Grew, 2017, Oil on canvas, 40 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Hanley Gallery.

CANADA — February 24 - April 8

St. Louis-based painter RJ Messineo explores her own painterly logic and abstraction itself in a series of paintings titled Fellow Feeling. Though originating in everyday figurative objects, her work is abstract to a degree that indicates Messineo’s playful approach to representation, and the painterly surface is further augmented with carvings and plywood applications. 

 RJ Messineo -  Stoop then, and wash , 2018, Oil on panel, 89 × 69 1/8 inches (226.06 × 175.58 cm). Courtesy of the artist and CANADA.

RJ Messineo - Stoop then, and wash, 2018, Oil on panel, 89 × 69 1/8 inches (226.06 × 175.58 cm). Courtesy of the artist and CANADA.

 RJ Messineo -  Geranium , 2017, Oil on wood and canvas, 80 × 65 1/8 × 1 7/8 inches (203.20 × 165.42 × 4.76 cm). Courtesy of the artist and CANADA.

RJ Messineo - Geranium, 2017, Oil on wood and canvas, 80 × 65 1/8 × 1 7/8 inches (203.20 × 165.42 × 4.76 cm). Courtesy of the artist and CANADA.

 RJ Messineo-  Untitled , 2018, Oil on panel, 24 × 18 inches (60.96 × 45.72 cm). Courtesy of the artist and CANADA.

RJ Messineo- Untitled, 2018, Oil on panel, 24 × 18 inches (60.96 × 45.72 cm). Courtesy of the artist and CANADA.

 RJ Messineo -  Untitled , 2018, Oil on panel, 24 × 18 inches (60.96 × 45.72 cm) (framed). Courtesy of the artist and CANADA.

RJ Messineo - Untitled, 2018, Oil on panel, 24 × 18 inches (60.96 × 45.72 cm) (framed). Courtesy of the artist and CANADA.

Word by Polina Gordovich