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LES Gallery Openings This Week

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Opening tonight at Salon 94 Freemans Gallery (1 Freeman Alley, 6-9), a double header of sorts: the eclectic  jewelry of Karl Fritsch and the mysteriously haunting paintings of  Richard Wathin. Fritsch’s rings, some of which represent the seven deadly sins, will be displayed atop the craftily-lit work of designer Takeshi Miyakawa.

Also tonight, a group show called “Into The Unknown” at Ludlow 38 Gallery (38 Ludlow) from 6-8PM. All of the artists make inventive use of materials from the past, including old archival film footage. In this show, as well as the next opening at Gallery Bar, past and present intersect in interesting ways.

On Wednesday, Gallery Bar (120 Orchard) hosts the opening for an exhibition called “Sampling and Revisions: The L.E.S. Deframed” from 7-9PM. This is an exciting collaboration with The Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Curator Zoe Lukov has taken  historical photographs of the area, and juxtaposed them with the work of contemporary artists who live or work on the Lower East Side today. Local artists include Isaac Brest, Christopher Bush, Carlton DeWoody, and Flores Piran Lukov’s connection to the L.E.S. (her great-grandfather owned L.E.S.’s Davis’s Salon at the turn of the 20th century; her cousin is now a partner at the Gallery Bar) parallels the generational theme presented in the show.

On Thursday from 6-8PM, Julia Dault‘s,“Total Picture Control” opens at the Blackston Gallery (29C Ludlow).” Dault teaches at Parsons and at The Rhode Island School of Design, and used to be an art critic for The National Post in Canada. Her sculptures use varied material, from formica to athletic tape, and seek a the balance between “risk and control.”

Also on Thursday, Valerie Hegarty‘s “Cosmic Collisions” will open at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery (21 Orchard) from 6-8PM. The pieces appear as if they have barely survived some sort of surreal disaster. She is included in the Brooklyn Museum’s public collection. She was a New York Foundation for the Arts sculpture fellow last year. An article written about her in Flaunt magazine can be read here (click on her art image after the link).

Thursday is also the unveiling of  a group show, “A Reluctant Apparition” at Sue Scott Gallery (1 Rivington, 6-8pm). Each gallery artist invited another artist of their choice – each eploring the “haunting of images and their residual effects.”

On Friday, three shows open at Gallery Satori (164 Stanton) from 6-8PM: “Barricade” by Siyeon Kim is in the main gallery space, featuring sculptural contraptions, while a screening of “Snapped Headlight” by Leonora Loeb is in the lounge space, and wax-infused paintings by Eric Blum will be shown  in the project space.

Also on Friday, the group photography show “Hey, Hot Shot! 2009 Second Edition” will open from 6-8PM at Jen Bekman Gallery (6 Spring Street). The photographers are the winners of the competition “Hey, Hot Shot!”

On Saturday, the shows “The Fulgent Cadences” by artist Sue Gurnee and “Tantra” which shows anonymous Indian works from tantrism practitioners, opens at  Feature Inc Gallery (131 Allen) from 6-8PM. Gurnee’s work as a healer led her to the observation of certain brain patterns, which are she calls the “fulgent cadences.” Her work depicts seven patterns that together instigate inner and outer willpower in decision making.

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