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Work of Ross, Viale among compelling exhibitions
Richard Ross: Juvenile-In-Justice
Ross focuses on the lives and stories of incarcerated youth. The exhibition is composed of photographs Ross has taken, excerpts from his interviews with those in the juvenile courts and detention facilities and items he has seen during his visits to juvenile incarceration centers across the United States. Over the course of five years, Ross has visited more than 200 institutions in 31 states and has spoken with more than 1,000 juveniles. This exhibition is a moving reminder that the U.S.’s heavy reliance on juvenile incarceration is unique among the world’s developed nations.
Through Feb. 16, at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts (31 Mercer St., btw. Grand & Howard Sts.) Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Call 212-226-3232 or visit feldmangallery.com.
Organized by New York-based curator Alex Gartenfeld, this exhibition is inspired by Beltane — an ancient Gaelic festival celebrated in Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. The custom included a cake, which would determine the sacrificial victim (whoever received the piece that had been blackened over the coals was pushed into the fire). Featuring works by Sam Anderson, Ed Atkins, Cecily Brown, Monica Bonvicini, Massimo Grimaldi, Josephine Halvorson, Tommy Hartung and Steffani Jemison, among others, “Black Cake” examines artists’ use of sweetness across mediums and treatments.
Through Feb. 16, at Team Gallery. At 83 Grand St., btw. Wooster & Greene Sts. and 47 Wooster St., btw. Grand & Broome Sts. Hours: At 83 Grand, Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm and Sun., 12-6pm. At 47 Wooster, Wed.-Sat., 10am-6pm and Sun., 12-6pm. Call 212-279-9219 or visit teamgal.com.
Fabio Viale: Stargate
Viale uses marble to render intentionally banal objects, such as crates and tires, or to reinterpret art historical icons. Stargate (2010/2011) refers to his recent realistic sculptures, which consist of stacked and attached plastic grocery crates crafted in marble on a large scale. They are totemic in stature, manifesting as gateways to other worlds and galaxies. Though using machinery to roughly carve blocks of marble, Viale finishes his sculptures by hand.
Through Feb. 23, at Sperone Westwater (257 Bowery, btw. Houston & Stanton Sts.). Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Call 212-999-7337 or visit speronewestwater.com.
Anna Betbeze, Josh Brand, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Josh Tonsfeldt
Josef Albers wrote that “the origin of art [is] the discrepancy between physical fact and psychic effect.” For the four artists in this exhibition, physical fact is a starting point. Josh Brand explores the simple interaction between objects, light and chemicals in the darkroom. Anna Betbeze uses pre-existing shag rugs as “canvas.” Josh Tonsfeldt reconfigures shipping pallets that have traveled through a cargo supply chain — and Jessica Jackson Hutchins creates sculptures with used household furniture.
Through Feb. 23, at Mitchell-Innes & Nash (534 W. 26th St., btw. 10th & 11th Aves.). Hours: Tues.-Sat., 10am-6pm. Call 212-744-7400 or visit miandn.com.
Sharon Butler: Precisionist Casual
Butler’s canvases are stapled, washed, unstretched — and yet arranged on stretchers. Part precise and part casual, Butler’s abstractions are sparked by the urban setting, structures and HVAC architecture she observes from the windows of her Bushwick studio. In this new body of work, stretchers are transformed from hidden supports into integral components of the work. Wrapped with wrinkled tarps, for example, they provide both a sense of imperfection and balanced structure. Overall, Butler embraces the imperfect and incomplete to establish an enticing tension between impulsiveness and grounded rigor.
Through Feb. 17, at Pocket Utopia (191 Henry St., btw. Clinton & Jefferson Sts.). Hours: Wed.-Sun., 11am-6pm. Call 212-375-8532 or visit pocketutopia.com.
BY STEPHANIE BUHMANN