Dusseldorf Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, K21 Standhaus Fraught chords and choked notes from unseen instruments fill three galleries. In two of the spaces, recorded string sounds emerge from black electronic speakers mounted in a serpentine line across a long white wall, while a floor-level speaker offers unexpected horn noises.
Toronto Doris McCarthy Gallery Beastliness characterizes the sculptures in David Harper’s recent exhibition “Entre le chien et le loup,” running the gamut from the animal as disguise to the animal as keepsake or memento—all of which has to do with an aesthetic inquiry into our devaluation and trivialization of the natural world.
Seattle Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington South Korean-born and Berlin-based multimedia artist Haegue Yang has proved her mettle. With a clever imagination, she has shown that she can assemble unique and, at times, puzzling works characterized by a cool ambition.
Dallas Centraltrak: The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency Texas inter-media artist Jeff Gibbons is interested in the feedback loop of living creatures, especially when that circle wobbles between equilibrium and disequilibrium. The title of his small exhibition at Centraltrak: The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency—“Let the Drip from the Ceiling Become
New York Sperone Westwater Too few small exhibitions celebrate important events in the history of contemporary art in New York. It is both pleasurable and informative to see this kind of show, particularly when the works address the impact of European artists on their New York counterparts.
New York James Fuentes Cast-off items and other detritus are rich loci of meaning for Lonnie Holley, who uses found objects to create sculptures and assemblages with hidden narratives. Each item, regardless of size, plays a significant role within the larger story told by each work.
New York Casa Frela Gallery “Harlem Roots,” Michele Brody’s recent show, paid homage to the neighborhood where she has lived for half a dozen years. Brody is an environmentalist/artist committed to community work (one reason for the show) and to sustainable art that incorporates seeds and living plants into simple but elegantly constructed installations.
Lincoln, Massachusetts DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum Organized by curator Lexi Lee Sullivan, the deCordova’s third biennial had a retro vibe and ad hoc feel, featuring works from across New England that demonstrated connections to mainstream multi-disciplinary trends.
Denver Rude Gallery, Rocky Mountain College of Art Viewers entered Donald Fodness’s installation, LUVRZ B H8RZ, through a beaded curtain, the kind that separates one living space from another in apartments too tiny to warrant full-fledged doors.
Helsinki Forum Box Entering the gallery brought viewers into contact with an unexpected obstacle: Ilmari Gryta’s full-size transit shelter. Coated in reflective material and situated in the dimly lit entrance, it halted movement as visitors examined their reflections and the reversed view of the street behind them.