Martin Klimas at Foley Gallery

By passing polarized light through scrolled and bunched transparent films, German artist Martin Klimas creates an enticing abstraction in an array of tones and colors. (On view at Foley Gallery on the Lower East Side through Feb 18th).

Martin Klimas, Polarization 10998, 24 x 18.5 inches, archival pigment print, 2016.

Jukhee Kwon at Ierimonte Gallery

Italy-based Korean sculptor Jukhee Kwon gets a lot out of books, specifically paper sculptures created by slicing into volumes in geometric patterns that cause pages to descend to the ground or explode outwards. Here, a New Testament morphs into ‘Campana’ (bell), a gravity-defying cascade of a delicate form. (On view at Ierimonte Gallery on the Lower East Side through March 16th).

Jukhee Kwon, Campana, mixed media, 11 13/16 x 13 37/48 inch, 2017.

Tabaimo at James Cohan Gallery

Inspired by a woodblock print from Hiroshige’s ‘100 Famous Views of Edo,’ Tabaimo extends the life of the 19th century artwork in an animation that gives life to a mysterious female figure behind the balcony screen. Despite a spilled vessel and briefly flailing octopus tentacles, the scene retains its sense of tranquility and intrigue. (On view at James Cohan Gallery’s Lower East Side location through Feb 25th).

Tabaimo, still from Obscuring Moon, single channel video, 2016.

Katherine Bernhardt at Canada New York

There’s trouble in the tropics in Katherine Bernhardt’s latest solo show of pattern paintings at Canada New York. Watermelons appear alongside toilet paper, birds in flight next to cigarettes as nature contrasts man-made products in paintings with ominous titles like ‘Climate Change.’ Here, in ‘Dole + Darth Vader,’ the Sith lord is surrounded by Dole bananas, linking a fictional face of evil to a company criticized for damaging the environment and harming workers. (On view on the Lower East Side through Feb 11th).

Katherine Bernhardt, Dole + Darth Vader, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 72 x 60 inches, 2017.

William King at Derek Eller Gallery

With their squat bodies, long legs and tiny heads, William King’s sculpted caricatures of important men or at least self-important ones are a highlight of Derek Eller Gallery’s current group show. Arms akimbo, each seems to demand to know what’s going on, as if they don’t quite approve of the work of nearby paintings on clothing by Annabeth Marks, Annie Pearlman’s vivid abstractions and Rachel Eulena Williams’ stitched canvases. (On view on the Lower East Side through Feb 11th.)

William King, Red and Black, vinyl, aluminum, 73 x 37 x 17 inches, c. 1985.