Eight artists spent time in psychic sessions with a medium before evoking their experiences in paintings dripping with texture, a video of a morphing eye, and a curious dollhouse.
Between the proliferation of galleries in Bushwick and, to a lesser extent, Greenpoint, the small cadre of Dumbo galleries sticking it out, longtime heavyweights including the Brooklyn Museum and BRIC mounting ambitious shows, and Creative Time parachuting Kara Walker’s sugar sphinx into the Domino Sugar Factory, it’s been an exceptionally strong year for art in Brooklyn.
Were you as exhausted by the frenzy that surrounded New York’s Frieze Week as I was? Taking a break from the monied and crushing crowds, I took my antidote on Friday evening via Greenpoint Gallery Night, a low-key, casual affair featuring more than a dozen local galleries in the Brooklyn neighborhood.
For those who braved the cold, it was a pleasure to see the offerings on view in Greenpoint on Friday night. From the monochromatic graphic paintings of Andrew Guenther at Gallery 106 Green to the sculptural CMYK-color collages at Fowler Project Space, the night evinced a diverse and robust scene.
Last month’s Greenpoint Gallery Night revealed a trend among contemporary artists: they’re reveling in ways to make the sky look weird. (Isn’t all contemporary art about weird these days?) Seriously, there were no kitschy sunsets or pretty blue skies or brooding storms to be found. No, what feels right these days are skies that look charmingly chthonic, oleaginous and obstreperous, weirdly wonderful. Only such strange phrases do them justice.