Jeffrey Deitch Gallery: Ai WeiWei: Laundromat
“Laundromat is an extraordinary exhibition project that addresses the current refugee crisis. The exhibition focuses on the refugee camp at Idomeni on the border of Greece and FYROM, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.”
18 Wooster Street
Tuesday-Saturday, 12-6 PM
Ends December 23rd
SHRINE: Andrew Ondrejcak: FREE!
“Here is the series of new drawings by Andrew Ondrejcak, who has obsessively documented the shards of a broken mirror found while in residence at Yaddo.
Not just in America, but all across the world, life seems to be hovering at the boiling point and overcome with a fractured and polarized air. Ondrejcak and SHRINE offer a small gift: an exhibition with no intention of profit, but instead, an attempt to connect despite these feelings of brokenness.
The found mirror fragments have been rendered in charcoal and pastel on paper. Rather than considering them as objects destined for the trash, Ondrejcak lovingly observed and documented each piece. Smudges, fingerprints and traces of the artist’s hand are clearly visible, and the sharpness of the original fragments has been negated in translation. By giving away these drawings, Ondrejcak quietly links himself to the viewers. Individuals will leave with a piece of a larger whole- a tangible representation of our communal brokenness and interconnectivity. Like it or not, and no matter what the current climate, we are all in this together.”
191 Henry Street
Wednesday-Sunday, 12 – 6 PM
Ends December 9th
Klein Sun Gallery: LIU BOLIN: ART HACKER
“Klein Sun Gallery is proud to announce Art Hacker, a solo exhibition by the world-renowned Chinese artist Liu Bolin.
The exhibition marks Liu Bolin’s shift towards the virtual world, exploring this new territory artistically through Post-Internet Art. This new body of work consists of appropriations of classical Masterpieces — da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Picasso’s Guernica — juxtaposed with a photograph of the devastating impact of the Tianjin explosions. Using complicated and precise hand-painted camouflage, Liu Bolin painstakingly recreates these images with scores of human subjects as his canvas. Through various methods, Liu Bolin’s new photographs have replaced the three subjects on numerous websites, which were targeted with image-search results on Google and Baidu, thus realizing the Hacker project. Neon installations of the URLs exhibited throughout the gallery pound home the transitory and delicate nature of the internet.
Recreating the imagery of human suffering and devastation of war symbolized in the painting Guernica, Liu Bolin’s relives the history of the Spanish civil war, making a plea for humanity and freedom. In Mona Lisa (2016), Liu Bolin imbeds himself into the masterpiece as well as its historical legacy. Touching upon the fact that the work was stolen from the Louvre more than 100 years ago, Liu Bolin aims to reenact the “disappearing and reappearing” of the work through techniques behind the network. Provocatively challenging the viewer to question what is above and beneath the surface, the work intends to reflect upon the complex relationship between the past and the present, the reality and the illusion, as well as individuality and history.
Not only utilizing and analyzing the impact of the Internet, Liu Bolin also delves into other aspects in digital realm, blurring the boundary between art and technology evident in his installation Livestream Vest (2016). Attaching multiple smartphones onto a life jacket, the artist turns on the front cameras for unstoppable live-streaming. Reflecting and broadcasting what is happening while moving around, Liu Bolin merges into the environment mirrored on the vest. The work, therefore, becomes a quasi-invisible jacket wherein the artist turns into part of the social environment.
Employing physical and hyperlinked images, the exhibition explores the theme of illusionism. Actively “disappearing and reappearing,” Liu Bolin issues an urgency through his works. Engaging with both online and offline formats, the artist foregrounds the man-made, the fabricated, and the deceptive, through which he probes into the mass production and circulation of information, and also questions where the power lies in today’s ubiquitous networking.”
525 West 22nd Street
Monday-Saturday, 10AM – 6PM
Ends December 23rd
Jack Shainman Gallery: Carrie Mae Weems: All the Boys
”All the Boys (2016) responds to the recent killings of young African American men and suggests a darker reality of identity construction. Portraits of black men in hooded sweatshirts are matched with text panels. The written descriptions evoke police reports, underscoring how a demographic is all-too-often targeted and presumed guilty by a system plagued with prejudice.
Taken as a whole, the exhibition demonstrates that visual representation is ultimately performance: a tightly composed, laborious narrative. It takes serious work to unravel and refocus the greater dialogue toward inclusivity and acceptance. To look closely—past the bright lights, illusions, and constructions—is the first, crucial step.”
513 West 20th Street
Ends December 10th
Text and images compiled by Julia Volonts (MPS Class of 2017).