Arts Watch: Lower East Side Gallery Roundup

Matthew Porter/High Difference, at Invisible Exports.

Matthew Porter/High Difference, at Invisible Exports.

The spring art shows are beginning, but there’s still a lot happening in Lower East Side galleries this week. Have a look:

  • At Invisible Exports on Eldridge Street, Matthew Porter’s second solo exhibition at the gallery opens Friday. The new works include “multiple-exposure still-life images, a landscape, and a studio portrait.” A reception for the show, titled “High Difference,” takes place from 6-8 p.m.
  • Rachel Uffner Gallery, 171 Suffolk St., has a double opening reception Saturday evening. In the new location, Joanne Greenbaum will present eight new paintings, a continuation of the artist’s “process based engagement with abstraction.” Upstiars, the gallery is featuring a group show from artists Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, Caitlin Keogh, Pam Lins and Sean Raspet.  Uffner was one of the early dealers on Orchard Street; the new space is a lot roomier.
  • Junior Projects, a new gallery at 139 Norfolk St., will open Saturday night with a group show featuring works by Megan Cotts, Randy Moore, and Ezra Tessler.
  • At Cuchifritos, the gallery inside the Essex Street Market, a new show is opening this evening. “Oro Dulce” is an exhibit and film by Francisca Benitez focused on the quince harvest in Chile. You can read more about it on our Calendar.
  • Also on our Calendar, an opening at Krause Gallery — “Point of View” by artists Matt Colagiuri and Matthew Bilfield.
  • Julie Meneret Contemporary Art, a gallery that opened on Orchard Street a few months ago, is adding Chinese-born performance artist Miao Jiaxin to its roster. There will be a solo exhibition in May. According to a release from the gallery, “he will empty the gallery of artworks, storing them instead in a false ceiling that will also be the site of a constant surveillance video feed and a dramatic live performance by the artist.”  He’s also been asked to do a performance an artist talk at the Armory Show tomorrow at 11 a.m.
  • For an upcoming opening at Canada’s Lower East Side gallery, they’re looking for identical twins!  Here’s the blurb from their email blast: “We are seeking identical twins for the opening of the “Weird Show” at CANADA on Broome St,  March 16th, 6 – 8pm. Different sets of twins will dress the same and hang out at the opening, but in different rooms and never occupying the same space. Twins should be available for the duration of the opening, starting at 5:30pm. Twins should also come dressed identically. This gig is unpaid, but should be fun!”