Lower East Side Art Exhibitions: October ‘17

NYC galleries are offering a stirring array of artwork ranging from the playfully abstract to the politically brash. Here is our selection of four Lower East Side galleries to explore this month:

Olsen Gruin – 30 Orchard St.

From October 13 to November 12, Olsen Gruin is displaying “Ornithurae Volume 1,” an exhibition of twenty-one stunning photographic prints by Leila Jeffrey. Her large portraits of small birds dignifies both her subjects’ striking plumages and distinctive personalities.

Leila Jeffreys -  Scratch Sulphur Crested Cockatoo  2017, fine art inkjet print on cotton rag archival paper, 44 x 35 inches (standard), 55 x 44 inches (large). Image courtesy Olsen Gruin.

Leila Jeffreys - Scratch Sulphur Crested Cockatoo 2017, fine art inkjet print on cotton rag archival paper, 44 x 35 inches (standard), 55 x 44 inches (large). Image courtesy Olsen Gruin.

Leila Jeffreys -  Skye Red-tailed Black Cockatoo  2017, fine art inkjet print on cotton rag archival paper, 44 x 35 inches (standard), 55 x 44 inches (large). Image courtesy Olsen Gruin.

Leila Jeffreys - Skye Red-tailed Black Cockatoo 2017, fine art inkjet print on cotton rag archival paper, 44 x 35 inches (standard), 55 x 44 inches (large). Image courtesy Olsen Gruin.

CANADA – 333 Broome St.

Canada Gallery houses two shows running from October 20 to December 10. “Working/Not Working” showcases seven artists, including Yoko Ono, presenting an intersection of the natural and domestic. “Hocket” is a solo show of multimedia abstract works by Matt Connors emphasising linear forms and negative space.

Matt Connors -  Yet to be titled , 2017, Oil, acrylic, colored pencil on canvas, 75 x 59 in (190.5 x 149.86 cm). Image courtesy CANADA Gallery.                 

Matt Connors - Yet to be titled, 2017, Oil, acrylic, colored pencil on canvas, 75 x 59 in (190.5 x 149.86 cm). Image courtesy CANADA Gallery.                 

Matt Connors -  Lowered Bright Entry Point , 2017, Oil, acrylic, and colored pencil on canvas, 22 1/2 x 19 1/4 in (57.15 x 48.895 cm). Image courtesy CANADA Gallery.

Matt Connors - Lowered Bright Entry Point, 2017, Oil, acrylic, and colored pencil on canvas, 22 1/2 x 19 1/4 in (57.15 x 48.895 cm). Image courtesy CANADA Gallery.

Pablo’s Birthday – 57 Orchard St.

At Pablo’s Birthday, a show of Davide Balliano, Lukas Geronimas, and Leah James occupies the ground floor with graphic monochromatic pieces sure to capture your attention. Eight Shawn Kuruneru canvases charm the upstairs gallery walls with their sultry streaks of light and colour.

Davide Balliano -  Untitled_0061 , 2017, Plaster, gesso & lacquer on wood, 48 x 36 inches. Image courtesy Pablo's Birthday.

Davide Balliano - Untitled_0061, 2017, Plaster, gesso & lacquer on wood, 48 x 36 inches. Image courtesy Pablo's Birthday.

Davide Balliano -  Untitled_0074 , 2017, Plaster, gesso & lacquer on wood, 80 x 64 inches.  Image courtesy  Pablo's Birthday.

Davide Balliano - Untitled_0074, 2017, Plaster, gesso & lacquer on wood, 80 x 64 inches.  Image courtesy  Pablo's Birthday.

Lehmann Maupin – 201 Chrystie St.

Until December 22, Lehmann Maupin is showing two floors of photomontage explosions by iconic political contemporary art duo Gilbert & George. Their new series “THE BEARD PICTURES” marks the 50th anniversary of the artists’ meeting, and offers audiences an electrifying exposition of “a paranoid world of barriers and masks.”

GILBERT & GEORGE -  BEARDCAGE , 2017, mixed media, 226 x 317 cm. Image courtesy Lehmann Maupin.

GILBERT & GEORGE - BEARDCAGE, 2017, mixed media, 226 x 317 cm. Image courtesy Lehmann Maupin.

Words by Michelle Costanza