Patrick Jacobs in ‘Double Down’ at Pierogi Gallery

Patrick Jacobs – known for meticulously crafted dioramas set into the wall – offers another marvelously detailed scene in Pierogi Gallery’s summer group show ‘Double Down,’ which features artwork that involves doubling. Here, a toilet and its reflection suggest plumbing abundance in otherwise cramped quarters. (On the Lower East Side through August 12th).

Patrick Jacobs, ‘Two Heads Are Better Than One,’ styrene, cast neoprene, paper, polyurethane foam, ash, talc, starch, acrylate, vinyl film, copper, wood, steel, lighting, BK7 glass, interior box: 12.5 (H) x 14 (W) x 9.25 (D) inches, 2017.

Dawn Clements at Pierogi Gallery

Dawn Clements isn’t bothered about artful arrangement of the still life objects she paints, yet each object’s deliberately placement gives them all equal weight, from a smiley face made of fruits and a banana, to lip balm, rubber bands and a small belt buckle. (At Pierogi Gallery on the Lower East Side through May 7th).

Dawn Clements, Table (MacDowell), watercolor on paper, 81 x 99 inches, 2015.

Jim Torok at Pierogi

Sandwiched on the wall between two roughly lettered signs reading, ‘The End is Here’ and the enigmatic ‘You Are Pretty Good,’ Jim Torok’s photo-realist renderings of friends and acquaintances like ‘Jennifer’ bring the artist’s thoughts and his community together in the quiet of the gallery. (At Pierogi through Feb 12th).

Jim Torok, Jennifer, oil on panel, 9 x 7 inches, 2015.
Jim Torok, Jennifer, oil on panel, 9 x 7 inches, 2015.

John O’Connor at Pierogi Gallery

Every word in Brooklyn artist John O’Connor’s text stories packs a punch. Drawing in colored pencil using myriad fonts, he employs brand logos, emojis and pictograms to tell the tale of a young consumer whose life has taken a turn for the bizarre.   (At Pierogi through Nov 13th).

John O’Connor, detail of Tim (Butterfly), colored pencil and graphite on paper, 70 7/8 x 48 7/16 inches, 2016.
John O’Connor, detail of Tim (Butterfly), colored pencil and graphite on paper, 70 7/8 x 48 7/16 inches, 2016.

Sarah Walker at Pierogi Gallery

Digital technology allows us to be (at least in our conscious minds) in more than one place at a time. Abstract painter Sarah Walker engages the possibility of seeing multiple dimensions at once in her ‘space machine’ paintings, canvases that seem to offer portals into parallel universes. (At Pierogi on the Lower East Side through Oct 9th).

Sarah Walker, Sungate, 16 x 16 inches, acrylic on panel, 2015.
Sarah Walker, Sungate, 16 x 16 inches, acrylic on panel, 2015.