Norwegian Black MetalBy Sonya Shrier
A photograph of blood splattered in a sink greets you upon entering the Riviera gallery. A tube of white makeup rests on the side of the sink along with a dirty bottle of red liquid.
The Russian Doll ShowBy Sonya Shrier
As part of 65 Hope Street Gallerys visiting curator series, Eddie Martinez commissioned thirty-eight fine artists, commercial designers, and graffiti artists to make their own versions of Russian nesting dolls. The structure of these dolls something that opens to reveal a smaller version of itself was used as the conceptual point of departure for the show, which explored variations within a collective.
Counter Culture New Museum of Contemporary ArtBy Sonya Shrier
If nothing else, Counter Culture is a clever solution to the transitional state that the New Museumalong with most museumsis in: it is an effort to find a middle ground between the new $20 admission at MoMA and the Star Wars exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.
Ricoh GerblBy Sonya Shrier
This modest show in the front room of Smack Mellon is easy to pass by, and after a closer look this effect is fitting.
What The Book?By Sonya Shrier
An embroidered scroll emanating from a fat papier-mâché kitten, a pop-up dungeon diorama, phone books twisted and turned into spiral waves, a flipbook of armpits bound in dirty tee-shirt cotton.
Janet Cardiff Her Long Black Hair Public Art Fund July 2004By Sonya Shrier
"When youre in a city like New York you have to think of all the sounds like a symphony or else you go a bit crazy," warns Janet Cardiff at the beginning of her latest audio walk, "Her Long Black Hair," taking place this summer in Central Park.
The Free Library: The RivieraBy Sonya Shrier
The hot summer day that I visited The Free Library, Lou Reeds cool voice filled the room, the hip gallery attendant was napping on a beanbag among books, and hanging plants were scattered around the room enjoying the gentle breeze of an industrial fan.
Jason Alan Klotz and Mikhail Leykin
By Sonya Shrier
In the small back room of Leadbased, the artist-in-residence stands against the wall, paintbrush poised in its prosthetic hand, admiring four of its latest abstract landscape paintings.
Sheri WarshauerBy Sonya Shrier
With titles like a quaint interior decoration magazine, Passionate Patronage, Mindfully Minimal, and Armed with Art, it is clear that Sheri Warshauers paintings are patronizing the lifestyle she documents.
Shishaldin: Untimely Career RetrospectiveBy Sonya Shrier
Most of the projects in Shishaldin’s Untimely Career Retrospective were initiated as a quest for spirituality or transcendence within major cultural institutions.