This weekend is your last chance to take in the colorful and wry paintings of Scooter LaForge, in his exhibition Super Powers and Special Abilities at Munch Gallery. A New Yorker to the core, LaForge makes works that are brash and whimsical, tough and sweet, and infused with a humor that’s both dark and lighthearted.
The act of seeing is complicated, especially when it comes to the challenges of art. On a recent wander through the Lower East Side, I found myself in three galleries currently hosting solo exhibitions that require a closer look to reveal the details hidden from the first glance.
Gio Black Peter pulls off some brilliant effects with markers. His current body of work at the Munch Gallery, juxtaposed against drawings by other artists in a summer group show, gets a ton of mileage out of hurling a jolt of neon at the viewer.
Last Sunday, I found myself sitting with my head in my hands on a tiny stoop on Mercer Street, wondering how to even begin to process witnessing Gallery 89’s exhibition of graffiti writer AVONE (Destroy & Rebuild), American Graffiti. Not a graffiti art show in a pop-up gallery as promised, it was an exhibition in a bar/restaurant and on Sunday, naturally, they were serving brunch. Let me repeat that: Graffiti art … at brunch … in Soho.