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.

Ashley Lyon at Jane Lombard Gallery

A crumpled red duvet at the entrance to Jane Lombard Gallery is at once cozy and alien – a symbol of the comforts of home, but a symbol that belongs to someone else. Constructed in fired clay by Ashley Lyon, sculptures including the bed covering, a piece of memory foam, pillows and this quilt offer a conceptual appreciation of the soft furnishings that make a house a home. (On view in Chelsea through Dec 21st).

Ashley Lyon, Wellspring, fired clay with mixed media surfacing, 7 x 8 x 19 inches, 2017.

Adam Parker Smith at The Hole NY

Inspired by Homer’s The Iliad, Adam Parker Smith brings the ancient epic up to date by rendering key characters in Mylar balloons, which he casts in resin, then lines with fiberglass. This serious kitty – decked out as Hercules wearing a lion skin – is the centerpiece of one of New York’s most fun gallery exhibitions. (On view on the Lower East Side at The Hole NY through Nov 19th).

Installation view of Adam Parker Smith’s ‘Kidnapping Incites Years of Murderous Doom’ at The Hole, NY, Nov 2017.