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Summer Cool. | Group Show at Anna Zorina.

In The Menu, Visual Arts by Elle Ambler

[dropcap]A[/dropcap]nna Zorina’s show is as jubilant as it is varied. Though two clusters of graphite angels might disagree, color and collage are the stars of Summer Cool. Here, a cardboard collage of a drunken-sailor type feels at home with a rendition of Magritte’s Son of Man done entirely in paint injected bubble wrap. More subtle work can be found in the …

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Facial Profiling. | Group Show at C24 Gallery.

In by Elle Ambler

Check out Facial Profiling at C24 Gallery for all things portrait. On the upper story, rows of distorted White House staffers stare down the floor, flanked by shadowy portraits obscured by series of dots and circles. On another wall, pairs of photographs show the artist’s preconceptions of his online dates projected onto them, followed by a collaborative post-date portrait. Things take …

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close, but not touching. | Group Show at Biggercode.

In by Elle Ambler

[dropcap]D[/dropcap]on’t be deceived by its outside appearance–Biggercode is more than its upstairs boutique. Last Thursday, the downstairs half of the space opened its inaugural show “close, but not touching,” a group show curated with the intent to invoke a non-nostalgic past in dialogue with the present day. Whimsical works hang across from more solemn ones, all surrounding piers topped with …

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Water Me.| Kwesi Abbensetts at Brilliant Champions Gallery.

In by Elle Ambler

[dropcap]K[/dropcap]wesi Abbensetts’s first solo exhibition opened at Brilliant Champions Gallery. Subtle detail lies in the layers of his photographic collages, while maintaining the graphic edge that distinguishes his work. His espousal of intuition as his leading force pays off in each of the portraits of Water Me. Black bodies, florals, and rich patterns form the images and reflect back Abbensetts’s Caribbean origins in what he …

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A Feature Shared By All. | Maja Čule at Company Gallery.

In by Elle Ambler

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ead up to 5th floor Company Gallery and prepare to go further into the skies. The tucked away exhibit of Maja Čule’s work seeks to encapsulate the disorientation and sterility of air travel. A video of strangers making conversation and sharing Purell dominates one side of the gallery’s dividing wall. On the other a series of murky drawings hang behind a …

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NSFW | Amalgamated Fragments. | Ed Templeton at Danziger.

In by Elle Ambler

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]katerborder turned photographer, Ed Templeton’s first New York photography show has come to Dan Zinger gallery. Shots of childhood boredom, teenagers lounging on the grass, revelers and workers, fill the walls, grouped loosely by theme and palette in what he calls “image clouds.” They retain an ease suggestive of his self-taught, SoCal background while highlighting Templeton’s eye for the unexpected …

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Humanness. | Group Show at Lyons Wier.

In by Elle Ambler

[dropcap]L[/dropcap]yons Wier’s new group show opened last Thursday. Entitled Humanness, the pieces range from an oil of Garfield clawing his way to the forefront of the painting, to a pair of glossy portraits of 18th century boys, to two ceramic jars encircled with images of “Penis Enlargement Cream.” Whatever aspect of ‘humanness’ you’re into, you’ll find something for you here.     Humanness …

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Pink Genesis. | David Benjamin Sherry at Salon 94.

In by Elle Ambler

Pink Genesis, David Benjamin Sherry’s photograms dazzle at Salon 94. Out of the absolute darkness his particular analogue method requires come jewel-like works focused on light itself. Shamrock green bands of concentric light hang near a figurative self-portrait in deepest pinks. Sherry’s work feels utterly contemporary while serving as a reminder of photography’s alchemical past. Elle Ambler

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On Our Way. | Les Roger at Johannes Vogt Gallery.

In by Elle Ambler

[dropcap]“O[/dropcap]n our Way” at Johannes Vogt gallery, features the vibrant works of Les Rogers. Each of his large canvases focuses on a central form placed to suggest movement and energy. The pieces follow figurative lines just enough to project stories onto the canvases. Is that three boys on the back of a giant primordial beast or riding the escalator up …