Gallery Goer: Openings on the Lower East Side

Anders Wallin Plan, 2014  acrylic on canvas

Anders Wallin
Plan, 2014
acrylic on canvas

Gallery Goer is a weekly roundup of gallery shows on the Lower East Side.  Check out our top picks for shows opening each week that you won’t want to miss.

Wednesday April 8, 6 pm to 8 pm – Artifact: Anders Wallin

Inspired by the flow of the unconscious, Anders Wallin’s paintings represent ambiguous, yet muscular patterns. Wallin has a strong grasp of the importance of applying colors and contrasts in his work in order to jump-start the viewer’s imagination. He lightens the background of his paintings and lays abstract patterns on top. The interplay between the forms produces magnetic, glowing energetic color fields.

Through April 26, 2015 // Wed.-Sun. 12 pm to 6 pm // 84 Orchard St.

Nancy Haynes, installation view of the "Fugitive Drawings" and the saint's lectern, 2015

Nancy Haynes, installation view of the “fugitive drawings” and the saint’s lectern, 2015

Extended through Sunday April 12th, 4 pm to 6 pm – Regina Rex: Nancy Haynes: anomalies and non sequiturs

Nancy Haynes has been making art for nearly 40 years. Her solo exhibition, extended at Regina Rex, reveals a diverse body of work including a selection of paintings, drawings, collage and sculpture. Haynes’ inspiration is said to range from Bellini’s St. Francis in the Desert painting at The Frick, to Rauschenberg’s Erased de Kooning Drawing.

This cerebral exhibit deals in various states of consciousness and the artist herself describes it as a “remembered present.” Haynes’ recent “fugitive drawings” are lightly-drawn and layered onto canvases covered in glow-in-the-dark paint—a material she has worked with for many years.

Through April 12, 2015 // Thurs.-Sun. 12 pm to 6 pm or by appointment // 221 Madison St.

Caren Canier’s “West Hall III”

Caren Canier’s “West Hall III”

Recently Opened: Mark Miller Gallery: Dogs & Cats: 21 Artists Unleashed and on the Prowl 

This show opened April 5 with a live hook: Humans were invited to bring their dogs and cats as special guests. Animal treats were served. Dogs and Cats, a show curated by artists Nancy Grimes and Leslie Lalehzar, gathers the works of 21 artists to ruminate on the timeless theme of humans’ relationships to dogs and cats. Of course the possibilities are endless and fun to see.

Can one ever tire of seeing canine and feline subjects in art and in life? I don’t think so.

Through May 3, 2015 // Wed.-Sun. 12 pm to 6 pm // 92 Orchard St.

Gallery Goer: What to See This Week

Felipe Galindo-Rescue (Not)

Over at the Mark Miller Gallery on Orchard, check out Felipe Galindo’s show “No Man Is a Desert Island,” a collection of  about 50 whimsical cartoons from Galindo’s newly released book of the same title. The artist uses watercolor, ink on paper and digital media to play with the viewer—using various send-ups and gags that are guaranteed to spark a wry smile or two.

Felipe Galindo-No Man is a Desert Island

The Mexican-born Galindo’s work may be familiar to you; it has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Mad, Nickelodeon and Barron’s, along with British pubs like Private Eye, Oldie, The Spectator and Prospect.

Delancey Underground Show Opens at Mark Miller Gallery Tomorrow

James Ramsey, Dan Barasch stand in front of a giant rendering in the Mark Miller Gallery.

If you’re curious to learn more about the Delancey Underground, that audacious proposal to build a park in an abandoned trolley terminal, you’re in luck. To kick off a month long exhibition, these guys – James Ramsey and Dan Barasch – will be at the Mark Miller Gallery tomorrow to answer all of your questions and to show off some interesting new visuals.

Art Show Provides Creative Outlet for “Barrier Free Living” Residents

Photo credit: Our Eyes, Our Lives.

Tomorrow night at the Mark Miller Gallery on Orchard Street there’s a special, one-night-only exhibition under the auspices of an organization called , “Our Eyes, Our Lives.”  New York photographer Emily Anne Epstein started the volunteer group to “empower disenfranchised populations through photojournalism programs.”

Her latest project was conducted with residents of the Barrier Free Living homeless shelter on East 2nd Street.  After a one-month basically photography class, students put what they’ve learned to work — but more importantly get to express themselves through their own photographic images. The residents’ work will be on display tomorrow night. All proceeds from the sale of the students’ images support the Barrier Free Living facility.

The show takes place tomorrow from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Mark Miller Gallery, 92 Orchard Street.

Orchard Street Sidewalk Reopens; Mark Miller Says More Improvements On the Way

Orchard Street in front of the Mark Miller Gallery

You might have noticed the scaffolding that has been in front of Orchard Street’s Mark Miller Gallery for many months has finally come down.  We checked in with Miller this morning for an update on the gallery’s ongoing transformation. It’s no ordinary sidewalk that’s been installed alongside 92 Orchard, the 1901 tenement building that’s been in the Miller family for many years. 

Mark Miller Prepares for Wednesday Reopening

Kevin Berlin (L), Mark Miller (R) prepare to open

This week the Mark Miller Gallery will be celebrating two big events: the American debut of “Double Happiness,” the striking exhibition from renowned artist Kevin Berlin, and the reopening of the Orchard Street gallery after a two-year transformation. We stopped by last week to talk with Miller and Berlin, as they were rushing to prepare for a preview show for the YoungArts Presidential Scholars.

Mark Miller Gallery Announces New Exhibition, Reopening Celebration

"Steamed Buns," 2009. From "Double Happiness," by artist Kevin Berlin.

Posted to our Community Calendar yesterday:  info about the Shanghai exhibition, “Double Happiness,” coming to the Lower East Side October 27th.  The show will take place at the Mark Miller Gallery, which has been undergoing a big expansion and face lift in the past several months.  It is a major exhibit by a big name artist (New Yorker Kevin Berlin), but also the gallery’s re-opening celebration. We’ll bring you a sneak peak next week, plus and interview with Mark Miller.