Jeanne Silverthorne at Marc Straus Gallery

If you climb up to the fourth floor of Marc Straus Gallery expecting to find strange things in the attic spaces, Jeanne Silverthorne’s sculptural rendition of scored poppy plants dripping latex won’t disappoint.   Surrounded by rubber sculptures of packing crates, perhaps hiding even stranger cargo, the piece comes as an otherworldly surprise. (On the Lower East Side through Dec 10th).

Jeanne Silverthorne, Poppy Juice, platinum silicone rubber, phosphorescent pigment, 25 x 38 x 19 inches, 2017.

Antoine Catala at 47 Canal

Antoine Catala’s charmingly strange solo show at 47 Canal remakes emojis as extra-terrestrial faces adorning ‘breathing’ socks and shopping bags. Commenting on what he sees as emojis’ sudden ubiquitous and alien presence in our lives, Catala asks what damage is occurring (band-aids are a theme) and how much ‘cute’ we’re willing to consume at what cost. (On view on the Lower East Side through Dec 17th).

Antoine Catala, installation view of ‘Everything is OK,’ at 47 Canal, Nov 2017.

Matt Bollinger at Zurcher Gallery

A heavy, fascinating stillness pervades Matt Bollinger’s paintings and animation at Zurcher Gallery on the Lower East Side, extending even to this sculpture of a hand ashing a cigarette. The hand (crafted in resin and foam with painted highlights) looks like it’s been extracted from a painting, miraculously appearing in 3-D form before us. (On view through Dec 21st).

Matt Bollinger, Ash, resin, foam, wood and acrylic, 11 x 12 x 12 inches, 2017.

Becky Kolsrud at JTT Gallery

Young LA artist Becky Kolsrud has fun with the old assertion that women are ‘closer to nature’ by literally cloaking her female figures – giantesses who dominate the landscape – with bodies of water that act like robes or shields. (At JTT Gallery on the Lower East Side through Dec 17th).

Becky Kolsrud, Three Women, oil on canvas, 76 x 90 inches, 2017.

Jonathan Monaghan at Bitforms

In Jonathan Monaghan’s latest fantastical animation, Disco Beast, a unicorn is captured and drained of energy by a predatory cell phone charging station only to be reborn in a luxury building’s hidden disco. Here, the unicorn is penned in by a ring of TSA scanners, an allusion to the Renaissance Unicorn Tapestries (which act as metaphor for marriage, among other things) and an update on the experience of being ‘captured.’ (On view at Bitforms on the Lower East Side through Dec 10th).

Jonathan Monaghan, The Unicorn in Captivity, 3D printed 18K gold plated brass, 3D printed porcelain, acrylic, 15 x 23 x 8 inches, 2017.