This Week in Art Openings: "Blog It," "Like It a Little" and "There Is No Synonym for Hope”

Mary Logan Barmeyer

“Blog It: New Wave of New Wave”

These three artists -- Guo Honqwei, Tang Yi and Shi Jing -- represent the new school of the Chinese art scene. They are of Generation Web 2.0, as we like to call it, inspired, above all, by the sweeping influence of the Internet. For these artists, the Internet means no rigid lines; ceaseless, non-sequential information; and deluges of text and images. Formal training doesn’t have to play a role, and their works are decidedly ambiguous in content.

Chambers Fine Art, 3210 Eleventh Ave., 4th floor, (212) 414-1169. Opening reception Jun. 12, 6-8 p.m. Through Aug. 1.

“Like It a Little”

With this exhibition, V&A is starting an annual group show of painters’ work that reflects a particular genre or theme. “Like It a Little,” not unexpectedly, is about attraction with hesitation. Check out Kathy Grayson’s paintings of snapshots taken from her archive of family photos. They are creepily realistic, if intentionally a little pixilated -- and you know how the dynamic of the family can be exactly that. We decided we Like It a Lot.

V&A, 98 Mott St., 2nd floor, (212) 966-5754. Opening reception Jun. 13, 7-9 p.m. Through July 26.

“There Is No Synonym for Hope”

The world is eroding -- bridges are falling down, the weather is almost as destructive as war, the economy is crumbling -- but we can still have hope, right? This multimedia group exhibition shows the collapse of all our favorite structures and institutions, with a glimmer of hope that there’s possibility for things to improve. Wear your hard hat, because there are some intentionally structurally unsteady installations, but -- oh, it’s about psychological erosion, too.

Smack Mellon, 92 Plymouth St., DUMBO, Brooklyn, (718) 834-8761. Opening reception, June 14, 5–8 p.m. Through July 27.

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