Cambodia-based artist Sopheap Pich’s bamboo and rattan sculptures are inspired by the natural world, yet bring to mind 3-D diagrams in virtual space. Here, Pich presents a flowering stem for admiration, not for its color but for its curving forms searching for light. (At Tyler Rollins Fine Art in Chelsea through Nov 19th).
Sopheap Pich, Rang Phnom Flower No. 2, bamboo, rattan, metal wire, 30 ¾ x 85 ½ x 43 ¼ inches, 2015.
Holly Coulis’s latest paintings feature kitchenware, fruits and foods with a clean-lined graphic sensibility. Strong red outlines and softly glowing orbs of light take the still lives into another realm, however, making the familiar delightfully strange. (At Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery on the Lower East Side through Dec 6th).
Holly Coulis, Fruit, Pitcher in a Corner, oil on canvas, 30 x 22 inches, 2015.
Hilary Harnischfeger makes an unlikely but delightful connection to both geological formations and a cow in this wall-mounted sculpture titled ‘Bovina.’ Using stacked layers of cut and colored paper, ceramic, oil stick and hydrostone, the Brooklyn-based artist works her usual magic with materials while bringing to mind farm tools or a cow’s skull affixed to a barn wall. (On the Lower East Side at Rachel Uffner Gallery through Dec 20th).
Hilary Harnischfeger, Bovina, ceramic, hydrostone, pigment, crushed glass, oil stick, paper, wood, 20 x 22 x 10 inches, 2015.
LA artist Mark Bradford takes full advantage of his new affiliation with Hauser & Wirth Gallery and their huge gallery space with this piece, titled ‘Waterfall.’ Bradford is known for embedding cords and other materials in his paper-on-canvas artworks; here, he has pulled thick cords away from his ‘paintings,’ bringing the paper with them. Hung over a rafter, the cascade gives new life to action painting. (In Chelsea through Dec 23rd).
Mark Bradford, Waterfall, mixed media, dimensions variable, 2015.
After seeing just a few pieces in Madrid-based painter Jeronimo Elespe’s latest show at Eleven Rivington, it won’t come as a surprise to find out that he paints at night. Figures and interiors materialize out of the darkness; here, a staircase seems to magically end in a pool of reflected light, anchored by a sniffing dog. (On the Lower East Side through Dec 20th.)
Jeronimo Elespe, Fine, oil on aluminum, 14.96 x 9.84 inches, 2015.