Joe Sola, "New York Mega Millions and Other Works"
If you’re hankering for art that exudes masculinity, Sola’s latest works will give it to you, although they also do a little check on the implications of machismo. His video, In the Woods, depicts a camouflage-clad hunter and all our favorite sports metaphors, but the tree is partly pink, the gun shell is multi-colored, and there’s a starry-eyed wisp involved. He also has some wryly humored watercolors on display.
Bespoke Gallery, 547 W. 27th St., 6th Fl., (212) 695-8201. Oct. 30-Dec. 13.
Halloween Custom Toy Show
Since you already have your Hottie Palin Hunter costume from Ricky’s, we suggest you check out some highly skilled Halloween custom toy making Friday night before heading out to party. With more than 40 artists contributing all the classic spooky toys and more freakish pursuits, you’re bound to find something to put at your door to scare away any unassuming trick-or-treaters.
APW Arts, 195 Chrystie St., Suite 200. October 31, 6–8 p.m.
"Beyond a Memorable Fancy"
This group exhibition involves manipulating information in print, whether it be appropriating the norm from jail uniforms into orange pulp, from glamorous magazine photos to egregiously retouched images, or from coffin images to oversized lottery scratch-off games. At an exhibition where artists frequently collaborate and encourage open participation, with graffiti, boat-building, experimental film and lasers, expect the unexpected.
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, 323 W. 39th St., 11th floor, (212) 563 5855. Opening November 1, 6–9 p.m. Through December 13.