Weekly Roundup April 3–7: Openings at Cleopatra’s, Lucas Lucas, and More

A piece from Ryan Kitson’s present showing at Cleopatra’s

Is spring here yet? Debatable, but at least the snow is already clear, and galleries are opening their doors to let in fresh light, fresh sun, and fresh art. Tons of openings this week, folks: don’t miss any of the local talent on display in these myriad galleries.“A Post, a Pot, a Painting — Cheep Meet”
Cleopatra’s | 110 Meserole Avenue
Now through April 22
More info, Free

In Cleopatra’s second-to-last showing of the season, the Meserole Ave gallery welcomes long-time friend and gifted artist Ryan Kitney who’s showing off his water-based clay works. From the artist himself: “There is nothing between [the clay] and us, making it the ideal medium to express malformed hunches that are personal without having to know exactly what you wanna say. The language of sculpture should be one of visceral reaction, not structured analytic chronology.”

A crowd at UnionDocs

Invisible Images
UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art | 322 Union Avenue
Thursday, April 5, 7:30–10:30 PM
More info, $10

UnionDocs welcomes documentary filmmaker Mariam Ghani to present two projects: the 2016 film The Seen Unseen, produced by the experimental archive Index of the Disappeared (a long-term partnership between artists Mariam Ghani and Chitra Ganesh), and an excerpt from the work-in-progress What We Left Unfinished, a feature-length documentary developed from Ghani’s long-term engagement with the national film archive of Afghanistan.

One of Elisa Jensen’s original works to be seen at David&Schweitzer Contemporary

“100 Gold Boats and the Fair Wheel”
David&Schweitzer Contemporary | 50 Bogart Street
Opening April 6, through April 29
More info, Free

Elisa Jensen‘s latest exhibit comprises an installation of paintings and sculptures inspired by Neolithic rock carvings in Ireland and Bronze Age grave goods found in Scandinavia. Presented in David&Schweitzer Contemporary‘s project room, “this show smashes through all barriers, obliterating time, connecting light and darkness, and reuniting mind with body. To quote that great New York poet Bob Dylan ‘The stuff we got will knock your brains out,'” said co-owner Michael David.

The centerpiece of Lucas Lucas’ newest exhibit

“CYCLES: The First Show from Maxwell Barnes”
Lucas Lucas Gallery | 57 Conselyea Street
Opening April 6, through May 6
More info, Free

Maxwell Barnes combines high-res images to craft a sweeping digital collage, as evidenced by the exhibit’s centerpiece above. The duality of life is present in the larger work: beauty and horror, fear and joy, love and hate. Sometimes the two blend together, while other times it is hard to see where one begins and another ends: The viewer is asked to find where they fit within this large scale work.

Matt Freedman and Tim Spelios

Rat-a-Tattoo
Studio 10 | 56 Bogart Street
Saturday, April 7 at 8 PM
More info, Free

Studio 10 will host another Matt Freedman and Tim Spelios Endless Broken Time drumming, drawing, and talking performance, the twentieth-first in their current monthly series. Complementing the spoken word with the most basic storytelling tools — sticks and drums to give impetus and pacing, and charcoal and paper to fill in the details — Spelios and Freedman will create an endless cycle of fractured narratives. The stories will be drawn and told by Freedman and will take their rhythm and form from the aberrant and improvised syncopation of Spelios’ broken time drumming.

 

About Billy McEntee

Billy McEntee has been fortunate to work for arts non-profits in Boston, Denver, Berkeley, and now New York. His writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Vanity Fair, American Theatre, HowlRound, Observer, and others. He's usually getting wine at Dandelion or eating cookies at Archestratus.

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