Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Lonni-Nelson Shanks

Light and Form, a group exhibition of artists who are part of Studio Incamminati opens today at Dacia Gallery. The Philadelphia school was founded by painter Nelson Shanks who is known for portrait commissions that include Princess Diana, President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and Pope John Paul II.

Miranda-Robin Frey

The exhibition showcases the works of artists who focus on realism ranging from still lives to figures and portraits. The portraits are vivid and nearly combustible—detailed and life-like. Think of them as photographic moments. There is, it would seem, a lot of work involved in making this lovely magic.

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Lily, Ellen Jong.

You can always count on Allegra LaViola Gallery for unusual work that gets people chattering. So expect no less from the gallery’s latest show The Invisible Line, a solo exhibition of new work by Ellen Jong curated by Mr. and Mrs. Amani Olu. Also, consider the fact that many of the photographs included in the show appeared in Jong’s book “Getting To Know My Husband’s Cock”.

With that piece of information squared away, we should also note that Ellen isn’t related to the writer Erica Jong (“Fear of Flying”) or Erica’s daughter, the writer Molly Jong-Fast.

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Moyna Flannigan, Femme (Scarlet) at Dodge Gallery

Gallery Goer is a weekly column featuring not-to-be-missed gallery shows on the LES. Have a fun, art-inspired week!

Opening May 19 at Dodge Gallery is Twisted Sisters, a highly eclectic show that includes painting, sculpture, video, installation, prints, mixed media and performance art. Curated by Kristen Dodge and Janet Phelps, the show features works by women artists whose subjects are women.

Summer Wheat-Scratchpad at Dodge Gallery

Dacia, A New Gallery on Stanton Street, Opens Tonight

Dacia Gallery opening tonight on 53 Stanton Street

We’ve just heard from artist and curator Lee Vasu about his new gallery, Dacia (pronounced like “dotcha”) that is opening up at 53 Stanton Street – tonight. Vasu has teamed up with his long time friend, author Damian Salo, to create Dacia Gallery.  He writes that the two “have been best friends since college and have organized numerous art exhibitions and events in both Europe and the United States.”  He told me everything came together very quickly once they decided to collaborate on something more permanent here on the Lower East Side.