Over at the Mark Miller Gallery on Orchard, check out Felipe Galindo’s show “No Man Is a Desert Island,” a collection of about 50 whimsical cartoons from Galindo’s newly released book of the same title. The artist uses watercolor, ink on paper and digital media to play with the viewer—using various send-ups and gags that are guaranteed to spark a wry smile or two.
The Mexican-born Galindo’s work may be familiar to you; it has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, The Wall Street Journal, Mad, Nickelodeon and Barron’s, along with British pubs like Private Eye, Oldie, The Spectator and Prospect. Apart from cartoons, the award-winning artist is also known for illustrations, animations, fine art and public art. Find a series of fun animations at Galindo’s website. Through June 30
At Feature, Alan Wiener’s multi-leveled sculptures are endlessly intriguing as the viewer attempts to determine how they were created and assembled. The complex structures evidently began as liquids before turning to masses.
The sculptures appear as stacked clay forms, sort of like tinker-toy formations with a bit more stability–intricate layer balanced upon layer. The viewer is invited to probe the intricate designs which make a rather strong statement.
Also at Feature, is Todd Chilton’s “Steady,” a tightknit series of colorful geometric abstracts that are full of texture–so much so you want to touch them. The geometric patterns in these multi-hued works throw off mesmerizing optical illusions that keep the viewer in their thrall.
The artist is said to layer hand drawn patterns onto the canvas that result in imperfections in the handcrafted patterns. Of his work, Chilton says, “I want to create images that convey at once a sense of ambiguity, purposefulness, and humor. At times they have a sense of openness on one hand and resistance on the other. I am interested in what happens in the middle.” Through June 30.
Opening June 21: “Anthem: A Song of Celebration” at Strange Loop Gallery on 27 Orchard St. Drop by the opening of this group show celebrating “independence and endless possibilities”. The evening also features a performance by Shane Shane and the release of his latest video “Fag”. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Gallery hours Wed.-Sun. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Featured Gallery Picks
Mark Miller Gallery/ 92 Orchard St./ 212-253-9479; Tues.-Sun. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Feature/ 131 Allen St./ 212.675.7772; Wed.-Sun. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
TLD contributor Tobi Elkin is a writer, editor and interviewer and former resident of the Lower East Side who delights in the neighborhood’s eclectic pleasures. A regular reader of The Lo-Down, her diverse interests include arts and entertainment, film, food and cultural critique. Visit her website at www.tobielkin.com.