In her third solo show at I-20 Gallery [through Oct. 29], "Let Nature Take Its Course And Hope It Passes," Karen Heagle skirts sophisticated taste with simple and muscular garage-art renderings that attain moments of rough expressionism. Weedburner (2011), a painting of branches on fire in a wheelbarrow set against a flat field and a pale pink sky, evokes the idea of memory, heat and smell; the painting works because it addresses the awkwardness with which we re-paint our own memories, the sense of creative—even artistic—participation involved in nostalgia and recall. Read More
For the past 20 years, Kevin Landers has photographed a New York that is falling apart, half-rotten, hobbling along, gouged, frayed, screwed together, broken, and faded. In a book of Landers' photos covering a period from the early 1990s to the present, Jackpot,
out last month from MTV Press, Landers focuses on what he calls "tools of the street," a mediation on New Yorkers and their environment and something halfway between the poetry and anarchy that results.