Hair Paintings & Other Stories
Opening Tuesday, February 6 at La MaMa Galleria, 7:30 pm. On view through March 3.
The Bellwether and Codify Art team up with La MaMa Galleria to present this solo exhibition by multidisciplinary creator Jarrett Key. Though yes, it’s technically a showcase of just work created by Key, it’s representative of so much more than that. Their works deal specifically with “the collective bodily memories and rituals of the Black community,” so each one of them manages to be deeply personal while also literally containing multitudes. As you may have guessed by the title, hair has a significant presence here, which can be seen both in the exhibition description (“Key grew up in rural Alabama to their grandmother singing, ‘your hair is your strength’”) and the look of the actual paintings themselves, which often resemble vast and complex tangles you could get lost in.
Opening Friday, February 9 at Disclaimer Gallery, 7 pm to 9 pm.
If you haven’t heard from all of those emails from #brands beginning to pepper your inbox and/or your own personal feeling of looming dread, Valentine’s Day is coming soon. Specifically, next week. Haha, oh god. Anyway, if you want to spend less mental energy on what you’re doing to do with yourself this time of year and more energy supporting the arts (while still being in touch with your #emotions), stop by Yasmin Jones’s solo exhibition, which opens this Friday at Silent Barn’s Disclaimer Gallery. Jones’s black ink drawings are simultaneously aggressive and highly tender, depicting figures clad in a femme armor of spikes, leather, stilettos, heavy makeup, and intense tattoos, all while openly allowing themselves to experience all those deep feelings that come with being alive and engaging with others: grief, heartbreak, infatuation, love, oh, the list goes on.
Shelters / Anthropiscine War Machine
Opening Friday, February 9 at SOHO20 Gallery, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through March 11.
Despite being called SOHO20 Gallery, this women-centric art space is in fact not in Soho, but on Bogart Street in a familiar gallery-laden area of Bushwick. So, don’t mix that up. Now that that’s clarified, there are not one but two exhibitions opening at SOHO20 this Friday: Eve Ingalls’s sculpture show Shelters and Son Kit’s video installation Anthropiscine War Machine. Both involve ruminations on the natural world and warnings of a future where this world will be forever altered. Ingalls has taken a cue from animals and plants to create her works, crafting steadfast beaver lodges and ever-shifting mangroves imbued with signs of rising sea levels and human interference. Kit’s Gundam and Korean War-inspired installation imagines a future in which these signs have been taken to their conclusion, and the world is utterly covered with water, leading a new species to be forged out of necessity.
Opening Sunday, February 11 at Fridman Gallery, 5 pm. On view through March 17.
What does an empty room sound like? Does it sound different depending on what happened in it previously? How does the ear process this sound compared to the vibrations from a geyser or a glacier? These are questions you may end up with the answer to, or at least some theories, after experiencing the work of Jacob Kirkegaard. He’s no philosopher, but his sensorial installations may feel so transportive, perhaps you’ll have an epiphany about the world and/or The Void while experiencing them. A sampling of what’s in store includes photographs of the only hotel in Chernobyl’s Zone of Exclusion combined with audio-visual content recorded in that very Zone, images of Greenland glaciers accompanied by the field recordings of melting ice, an exorcism experience, and more.