Ruud van Empel, Souvenir, Dawn, Moon, World
Van Empel's photography exhibit graces STUX Gallery again with his eerie, digitally manipulated photos of children and childhood. But even more haunting are the cast bronze renditions of the characters that accompany each piece.
STUX Gallery, 530 W. 25th St., (212) 352-1600. Opening reception January 29, 6–8 p.m. Through March 7.

Francesca DiMattio
Francesca DiMattio reconstructs the concept of space using fantasy and geometry with his double painting exhibition at Salon 94 and Salon 94 Freemans. Birds, Roman sculpture, modern furniture, historical references, lace patterns and linoleum kitchen tiles are entangled into works that mimic settings on stage.
Salon 94 Freemans, One Freeman Alley, (212) 529-7400. Opening reception, January 29, 6-8 p.m. Through March 9.
Salon 94, 12 East 94th St., (646) 672-9212. Through March 13.


Cutters
Razors, hole punches, pins, lasers, shredders, knives, scissors -- and all things that mince, tatter and slice -- are the tools of this group exhibition. The works involve a wide range of media; including paintings, photography, sculpture and installations; and are altered visually and symbolically with some form of cutting.
Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, 68th St. and Lexington Ave. (212) 772-4991. Opening reception, January 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Through March 14.