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.

Hannah van Bart at Marianne Boesky Gallery

Despite her assertive pose, Dutch painter Hannah van Bart’s enigmatic young lady appears to literally blend into the background as a shape-shifting wall the color of her dress manifests over her chest. (At Marianne Boesky Gallery through Feb 4th.)

Hannah van Bart, Untitled, oil on linen, 39 3/8 x 25 5/8 inches, 2016.
Hannah van Bart, Untitled, oil on linen, 39 3/8 x 25 5/8 inches, 2016.

Vittorio Brodmann at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

Tiny ghoulish characters – a blue faced man with huge teeth, a sinister frog in a t-shirt – populate young Swiss artist Vittorio Brodmann’s paintings of brick walls. Two sided and hung in the window to show bricks both inside and out, the paintings suggest neighborhood decline but also offer the wall as (literal) canvas. (At Gavin Brown’s Enterprise through Nov 13th).

Vittorio Brodmann, Barking up a Tree, oil on fabric, double-sided, 95 x 55 inches, 2016.
Vittorio Brodmann, Barking up a Tree, oil on fabric, double-sided, 95 x 55 inches, 2016.

Odili Donald Odita at Jack Shainman Gallery

Nigerian American artist Odili Donald Odita aims to make paintings that ‘exist before language,’ a strategy that works immediately in his high-impact wall mural at Jack Shainman Gallery’s 24th Street space in Chelsea. (Through Jan 30th).

 Odili Donald Odita, Installation view of ‘The Velocity of Change,’ at Jack Shainman Gallery, Dec 2015. On view through Jan 30th, 2016.

Rachel Whiteread at Luhring Augustine

Famous for making casts of empty space (inside of rooms, between book shelves), British sculptor Rachel Whiteread continues to consider built and domestic environments in her latest solo show at Chelsea’s Luhring Augustine Gallery. Among doors and windows cast in resin, this papier mache and silver leaf brick wall offers an architectural fragment as a precious object. (Through Dec 19th).

Rachel Whiteread, Untitled (Silver Leaf), papier mache and silver leaf, 22 x 19 5/8 inches, 2015.