Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Shane LaVancher’s Creatures at Orchard Windows Gallery.

Creatures, Shane LaVancher’s series of stunning and highly composed black and white photographs, are on view at Orchard Windows Gallery. Dino Eli, who runs the gallery, has a knack for choosing artists who will get under your skin and LaVancher is no exception.

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Leah Dixon-PEACH BOMB, PEACH BOMB, 2011

Toomer labzda celebrates its 1st year anniversary today with the opening of year one, a group show comprised of artists who have shown at the gallery.  Joe Brittain, Blue Curry, Leah Dixon, Kate Steciw and Mia Taylor each present a piece that somehow incorporates paper, a traditional first anniversary gift. Helen Toomer, co-founder of the gallery, enthusiastically explained each artist’s approach at an opening reception last night.

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

Lisa Cooley’s New Space at 107 Norfolk Opens March 16

The former Tonic nightclub at 107 Norfolk St. will be the new home of the Lisa Cooley Gallery.

The transformation of 107 Norfolk is nearly complete. The onetime home of legendary music club “Tonic,” has been undergoing a conversion in the past few months, as Lower East Side gallery Lisa Cooley prepares to take over the space.

This morning, there’s word on the first exhibition at 107 Norfolk, a 4800 square foot building in the shadow of the Blue Building.  There will be an opening reception March 16th from 6-9 p.m. The show is titled, “Today,” (after a Frank O’Hara poem) and will feature works from each of the gallery’s 11 artists.

As we indicated in January, the new space is four times as large as Lisa Cooley’s current home at 34 Orchard.  The Observer noted that the move “is significant for the Lower East Side, which, aside from a handful of large Chelsea-size galleries… has mainly been known for modestly sized spaces and emerging dealers.”