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.

Scott Alario at Kristen Lorello Gallery

Art can be playful but doesn’t often involve play; Scott Alario’s images of an alien invasion – enacted with his young son – result in photos like this arresting image of a Star Wars limited edition cereal box used as avatar and shield. (On view at Kristen Lorello Gallery on the Lower East Side through Jan 27th).

Scott Alario, The Sugar Awakens, dye sublimation print, 32 x 24 inches, 2007.

Wang Ningde at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

Wang Ningde’s ‘Form of Light’ images, currently on view at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in Chelsea, appear to be photos but fool the eye. From straight on, thin strips of photographic film disappear and visitors see only the projection of images underneath, arranged via projection software to synch with the gallery’s light sources. (On view through Feb 17th).

Wang Ningde, Thicket No. 4, transparency film, acrylic, honeycomb aluminum board, 78 x 54 ½ inches, 2017.

Stephen Shore at 303 Gallery

The Museum of Modern Art’s current retrospective of Stephen Shore’s photography lauds his ‘poetics of the ordinary.’ Shot in Montana, though not obviously linked to a particular location, this composition at 303 Gallery encourages viewers to find aesthetic interest in unexpected times and places. (On view in Chelsea through Feb 17th).

Stephen Shore, installation view of Three Forks, Montana, August 6, 2017, pigment print, 64 x 48 inches, printed 2017.

Gordon Parks at Jack Shainman Gallery

Granted access to Nation of Islam leadership and communities in 1963, Life photographer Gordon Parks shot remarkable images including this portrait of women’s leader Ethel Sharrieff. Now on view at Jack Shainman Gallery’s 24th Street location, the arresting show overviews selections from Parks’ lesser-known yet powerful series. (On view through Feb 10th).

Gordon Parks, Ethel Sharrieff, Chicago, Illinois, gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches, 1963.