First, a tangle of barbed wire, then a looser, smoother mass of looping lines in bronze greets visitors to Christopher Wool’s latest solo show at Luhring Augustine in Chelsea. In contrast to the inherently dangerous barbed wire, the larger sculptures are freer, suggesting unraveling string or cooked spaghetti dried out, as well as drawn lines unleashed into three dimensions. (In Chelsea through June 20th).
Christoher Wool, installation view at Luhring Augustine Gallery, May 2015.
Few these days think that the gods are responsible when an earthquake or tsunami hits, but British/Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare pictures the wrath of Zeus (background) and Poseidon (front right) to comment on climate change in his latest solo show at James Cohan Gallery. Placed directly on the floor in their bold (signature Shonibare) fabrics, the gender-bending divine dancers emanate power.
Yinka Shonibare, installation view of ‘Rage of the Ballet Gods’ at James Cohan Gallery, May 2015.
Known for videos and drawings channeling disillusioned angst, Cameron Jamie takes a new direction with ceramics that suggest natural forms and which are simultaneously object and pedestal. Undulating stalagmites at bottom have a fecal quality while resembling curving bodies; the top form in the foreground brings to mind vertebra or coral. (At Barbara Gladstone Gallery on West 24th Street through May 30th).
Cameron Jamie, installation view of untitled, glazed ceramic sculptures, May 2015.
Traditionally, Chelsea galleries are closed today – the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend but a sea-change may be coming; it’s the last day to catch David Shrigley’s show at Anton Kern Gallery, which contrary to the tongue-in-cheek signage, will be open today. (Through May 23rd).
David Shrigley, installation view at Anton Kern Gallery, May 2015.
Canadian artist Brent Wadden’s hand-woven ‘paintings’ embrace imperfection, incorporating second-hand fibers and mismatched seams on large panels in enticing colors and dynamic patterns. (At Chelsea’s Mitchell-Innes and Nash through May 30th).
Brent Wadden, Tangerine Teal, hand woven fibers, wool, cotton and acrylic on canvas, 107 x 84 inches, 2105.