This Week in Art Openings: Richard Gorycki, Jack Sal & More

Mary Logan Barmeyer

Richard Gorycki, Paraphernalia and Other Treasures
In a classic case of outsider art, Gorycki’s works were discovered by childhood friend and playwright, Jeffrey Haddow, years after their creation at a psychiatric center where Gorycki was taking art therapy classes for schizophrenia. Most of the works—colored pencil on paper, watercolors, oil paintings—were created between 1985 and 1995, and are influenced by Gorycki’s longtime interest in economics, Sanskrit and Vedic philosophy, and European art.
M.Y. Art Prospects, 547 W. 27th St., Second Floor, (212) 268-7132. Opening reception January 22, 6–8 p.m. Through February 7.

Jack Sal, Re/Vision
Sal’s minimalist work mimics the tabula rasa of the new year and new era. Simple materials like gesso, surgical tape, lead and photo paper make up his handmade-looking, humanistic large-scale paintings and smaller works on paper. Though he has pieces in the permanent collections at the MoMA and Center of Photography and is widely celebrated in Europe, his understated, unassuming nature has left him largely unfamiliar to the U.S.
Zone: Contemporary Art, 41 W. 57th St., Second Floor, (212) 255-2177. Opening reception, January 22, 6–8 p.m. Through February 28.

Jonathan Callan and Jason Tomme/Mika Rottenberg, Performance Stills
Callan and Tomme turn everyday stuff into “experiential objects”; Callan repurposes book covers and food photography to show the physicality of printed matter, and Tomme uses discarded stage props in his sculptures, which supplement his mildly desert-reminiscent paintings—all of which are somehow connected. As if this weren’t sundry enough for one gallery, check out the simultaneous opening of Mika Rottenberg’s Performance Stills, a series of photographs that are a part of a project for W magazine. The seven fashion-mag-ish photographs radiate claustrophobic architecture and impeccable physiques.
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, 526 W. 26th St., No. 213, (212) 243-3335. Opening reception January 23, 6–8 p.m. Through February 28.

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