Bayne Peterson at Kristen Lorello

Bayne Peterson’s dyed plywood sculpture brings to mind an abacus, cairns, written script or a kid’s bead and wire toy. Now more complex in their patterning and overall shape, Peterson’s new sculptures at Kristen Lorello Gallery on the Lower East Side also owe their inspiration to still life painting and historical vessels. (On view through Oct 14th).

Bayne Peterson, Untitled, dyed plywood, dyed epoxy, 15 1/8 x 21 ½ x 5 ¼ inches, 2017.

Leslie Wayne at Jack Shainman Gallery

“Looking at art is a free experience,” says painter Leslie Wayne, meaning that it doesn’t have to cost a thing, but also questioning how freely we look at something new. The title piece for the show, ‘Free Experience,’ relies on the associations we bring to its colorful, patterned drapery of oil-skins that recalls flags, modernist textiles and more. (At Jack Shainman Gallery in Chelsea through Oct 21st).

Leslie Wayne, Free Experience, oil on wood, 28 ½ x 26 x 7 inches, 2015.

Derrick Velasquez in ‘No Lemon, No Melon’ at Flowers Gallery

With their staggered placement, Derrick Velasquez’s hand-cut strips of marine vinyl, draped over a wooden support, have shaggy ends recalling hair or fur. From close or afar, they’re pleasingly ordered but the visceral colors and bright yellow accents really bring the piece to life. (At Flowers Gallery in Chelsea through Sept 2nd).

Derrick Velasquez, (detail of) Untitled 165, vinyl, mahogany, 38 x 35 x 1 inch, 2017.

Ron Gorchov at Cheim and Read

Pleione, the nymph in Greek mythology who protected sailors, shares a name with this 2016 canvas by Ron Gorchov. Painted on the artist’s signature saddle-stretchers to suggest ancient Greek shields, the colors of each panel range from fleshy to fiery as they reach skyward. (At Cheim & Read through August 25th).

Ron Gorchov, Pleione, oil on linen, 76 x 35 x 9 inches, 2016.

Claire Zeisler in ‘The Time is Now’ at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

Known for creating fiber art without a loom, late artist Claire Zeisler sometimes evoked the natural world in works that seemed to pour and pool like water. Here, a vivid red piece evokes fire, lava, blood and more, eliciting strong and even conflicting responses. (At Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in Chelsea through August 4th).

Claire Zeisler, Untitled, colored fiber construction, 36 ½ x 43 x 42 inches, c. 1969.