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LES Gallery Openings on All Hallows Eve

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Not only are millions of people waltzing around the city adorned as some fantasy creature, but the city is actually pulsing from the sheer energy of the vivacious crowds about to run amok on Halloween. Before heading out tonight to join in this year’s festivities, I recommend you make a few vital gallery pit stops.

The first place to check out is Jen Bekman Gallery (6 Spring Street). The opening for California born artist Jessica Snow’s show “Multiple Plot Points” will be in full swing from 6PM until 8PM. Snow’s use of vibrant colors and shapes that drape diligently across linen surfaces make fascinating images that hint at spectacular topographies and unique landscapes. The artist has said of her artwork: “Like cities and dreams, the internal logic (or non-logic) of painting is structured upon absurd rules and deceitful perspectives.” The backbone of this particular series especially lends itself to the relationship of art, urban planning, and psychology that Snow speaks of.

Another must see on this ghostly, pumpkin-filled night is the riveting art of of Saint Louis born Pieter Schoolwerth, shown at the opening reception at Miguel Abreu Gallery (36 Orchard), also from 6-8PM. Schoolwerth seems to have emerged from more traditional and conventional work, but finds his personal attribute in newer works.  This show is coming over from Paris, where it got a lot of attention and buzz in the art world.  ArtSlant says of the show: “In a sense, every picture stages the act of painting itself while it produces a figurative painting.”

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Finally, before becoming completely smitten by the werewolves and vampires lurking in the corners of the L.E.S., jump on over to Whitebox Gallery (329 Broome Street) at 8PM for the concert performance “Ear to the Earth: New York Soundscapes 2010,” with artists Aleksei Stevens, Miguel Frasconi, and Paula Matthusen. The sound based artists, each performing independently, use everything from recorded audio to various assemblages of glass, and even ping-pong balls to create and invent audio that breaks barriers. These artists take phenomenal risk in re-inventing what “concert” really means.

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