William Villalongo at Susan Inglett Gallery

In his latest solo show at Susan Inglett Galley, William Villalongo’s characters are an amorphous mass of organic material rather than distinct identities. Here, Villalongo alludes to Henry Brown’s escape from slavery in a box mailed from Virginia to Philadelphia, begging the question of how historical distance can allow identities to shift. (On view through Dec 9th).

William Villalongo, 25 Hour Cargo Piece, acrylic, paper collage and velvet flocking on wood panel, 46 x 60 x 1 ½ inches, 2017.

Paolo Ventura at Edwynn Houk Gallery

Three isolated bathers search for shells in a nature scene that melds sky and water, melancholy and peace by Paolo Ventura at Edwynn Houk Gallery. Ventura’s new hand painted, collaged photos evoke stage sets that question time and place. (On view in the 57th Street area through Nov 11th).

Paolo Ventura, La Cercatrice di Conchiglie, hand-painted photographs with collage, 30 panels, 8 x 11 1/8 inches each, 2017.

Maria Berrio at Praxis International Art

Young Columbian artist Maria Berrio envisions harmony between humans and nature in richly patterned Japanese paper collages that delight the senses. In this detail, a lush landscape is setting to a thoughtful folkloric character perfectly at home as human and monkey habitat merge. (On view at Praxis International Art in Chelsea through Oct 28th).

Maria Berrio, (detail of )The Demiurge, collage with Japanese paper and watercolor on canvas, 60 x 72 inches, 2016.

Nathalie Boutte at Yossi Milo Gallery

French artist Nathalie Boutte captures the allure of the unknown past in her collage recreations of 19th century daguerreotypes and historical photos. Here, Boutte remakes Seydou Keita’s well-known 1958 portrait of a hip young Malian man using strips of paper covered with varying amounts of text. The effect (seen here in detail) is to blur Keita’s sharply clear image, suggesting that the passage of time diminishes the potential to see the subject clearly. (At Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea through Oct 21st).

Nathalie Boutte, (detail of) Jeune homme a la fleur rouge, collage of Japanese paper, ink, 29 3/8 x 18 inches, unique, 2016.

Ji Zhou at Klein Sun Gallery

In his photo collages of cityscapes, shot at different times of day from the same vantage point, Bejing-based artist Ji Zhou creates a harmonious view from fragments. (At Klein Sun Gallery in Chelsea through August 3rd).

Ji Zhou, (detail of) Building 2, archival pigment print, 47 ¼ x 92 1/8 inches, 2017.