Mala Iqbal's surreal paintings render the paradox logic of the bedazzled skull, our contemporary moment's ubiquitous art and fashion icon, through the traditional genre of the landscape. Fuzzy graffiti tags and cartoon imagery share canvas with realistically rendered red brick ruins, gnarly trees and swampy pools to create scenes of fantastic apocalypses, foreboding and desolate but brimming with color, humor and imagination. Iqbal recent paintings are on display in "Washed Away," her Chelsea solo debut at P.P.O.W and her first New York solo since 2003.
P.P.O.W, 555 W. 25th St., (212) 647-1044. Nov. 29-Jan. 5.