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.
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.
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.
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.
Word by Polina Gordovich