Apparently Invisible: Selections Spring 2009 & Sun Xun, Shock of Time
Apparently Invisible is a group multimedia exhibition that tests the limits of seeing -- by requiring optical gymnastics. In one piece, a pair of overalls hangs on a wall, smudged with paint -- but upon closer inspection the viewer finds that the splatters are not, in fact, the work of a clumsy painter but rather intricate embroidery by Susan Collis. In the Drawing Room, see Sun Xun’s two hand-drawn animations of a series of prints that depict the passing of time and the cultural evolution of China, often using Communist newspapers as a device.
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St., (212) 219-2166. Opening reception February 19, 6–8 p.m. Through March 28.
Nina Bovasso, New Works on Paper
It’s true that these dense, jammed-with-color abstract paintings scream Flower Power (and that iconic, rounded-petal blossom recurs from image to image), and maybe what we need right now is a little more of that joyful energy from the sixties that inspired these works. Psychedelic, urban, euphoric and wild, these works of ink, acrylic, watercolor and gouache on handmade abaca paper could provide a distraction to get your mind off of, well, anything.
BravinLee, 526 W. 26th St., Suite 211, (212) 462-4404. Opening reception February 20, 6–8 p.m. Through March 21.
P.S.1’s Spring Opening Celebration
It doesn’t feel quite like spring yet, but according to P.S.1 it is, so that makes it time for a celebration -- namely, the opening of its spring cycle exhibition. The kickoff features the work of Kenneth Anger, influential avant-garde filmmaker and inspiration to the likes of Martin Scorsese and Gus Van Sant, as well as works by culture critic Jonathan Horowitz and Berlin-based conceptual artist Florian Slotawa. During the party, the third floor is where you’ll find the jams from DJ Big Vern Burns.
P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, 22–25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, (718) 784-2084. Celebration February 22, 12–6 p.m. Exhibitions through September 14.