Yorgo Alexopoulos at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Shot around the world from Peru to Greece, Yorgo Alexopoulos’ videos of the natural world are a low-key sublime, prompting appreciation of beautiful landscapes unblemished by mankind. (At Chelsea’s Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery through June 11th.)

Yorgo Alexopoulos, Tree with River, digital animation on two synchronized High Resolution square LCD displays, 4K video, CGI, custom playback system, painted aluminum, polished stainless steel, glass, 12 minute infinite loop, 17 ¾ x 33 ¼ x 7 ¾ inches, 2015-16.
Yorgo Alexopoulos, Tree with River, digital animation on two synchronized High Resolution square LCD displays, 4K video, CGI, custom playback system, painted aluminum, polished stainless steel, glass, 12 minute infinite loop, 17 ¾ x 33 ¼ x 7 ¾ inches, 2015-16.

Ward Shelly, Douglas Paulson and Carol K Brown at Pierogi Gallery

Thousands of books with fake titles create a false and fun library at Pierogi Gallery, where a not-quite-homey feel is completed by Carol K. Brown’s editioned porcelain plate featuring a down-on-his-luck wanderer. (At Pierogi Gallery on the Lower East Side through May 8th).

Installation view of Ward Shelly and Douglas Paulson’s ‘The Last Library,’ with plate by Carol K. Brown at Pierogi Gallery, April 2016.
Installation view of Ward Shelly and Douglas Paulson’s ‘The Last Library,’ with plate by Carol K. Brown at Pierogi Gallery, April 2016.

John Chiara at Yossi Milo Gallery

John Chiara’s New York photos – shot with homemade cameras large enough to accommodate big sheets of negative photo paper – bring apocalyptic drama to the city streets. Here, a glowing Hearst Tower hovers menacingly behind a vulnerable-looking walkup as Chiara lends familiar buildings a new character. (At Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea through May 21st).

John Chiara, W56th Street at 9th Ave, West, negative chromogenic print, approx. 50 x 30 inches, unique, 2016.
John Chiara, W56th Street at 9th Ave, West, negative chromogenic print, approx. 50 x 30 inches, unique, 2016.

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller

Stay near the wall and the room is silent; approach the table and light sensors detect your presence, setting off a cascade of sound from an array of 72 bare speakers. The effect of Canadian sound artists Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller’s ‘Experiment in F# Minor’ is magical – a musical experience created for us to create. (In Chelsea at Luhring Augustine Gallery through June 11th).

Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, installation view of ‘Experiment in F# Minor,’ 72 channel audio installation including speakers, photosensors, and wooden worktables, edition of 3 and 1 artist’s proof, 96 1/8 x 72 x 30 inches, 2013.
Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller, installation view of ‘Experiment in F# Minor,’ 72 channel audio installation including speakers, photosensors, and wooden worktables, edition of 3 and 1 artist’s proof, 96 1/8 x 72 x 30 inches, 2013.

Shezad Dawood at Jane Lombard Gallery

It’s not the vibrant colors and energetic forms of Shazad Dawood’s ‘Anselm Chapel, Tokyo,’ (seen here in detail) but the strong diagonal lines that connect the London-based artist’s abstract painting on vintage textile with its namesake – Czech/American architect Antonin Raymond’s stark, concrete house of worship. Reconciling opposite appearances seems beside the point with such a joyous composition. (At Jane Lombard Gallery through May 14th).

Shezad Dawood, Anselm Chapel, Tokyo (detail), acrylic on vintage textile, 61.81 x 93.7 inches, 2016.
Shezad Dawood, Anselm Chapel, Tokyo (detail), acrylic on vintage textile, 61.81 x 93.7 inches, 2016.