VISIONAIRE RECOMMENDS

1. Ryder Ripps: Ho is open at Postmasters Gallery until February 28, 2015.

Known as the enfant terrible of the WWW, Ryder Ripps is an artist who’ve gained a lot of attention for his unfiltered twitter stream, innovative website concepts and now for his first solo exhibition at Postmasters Gallery. Titled Ho, the show is inspired by Instagram (what else). More specifically, Ripps’s paintings are distorted reworks of self-portraits by social media star Adrianne Ho. “Ho’s carefully staged, posed and styled photos are digitally processed, then painted. In creating striking, warped images Ripps strains techniques that are commonplace in the fashion industry to make models appear more “attractive” to the point of abstraction.” A true internet wizard, Ripps and his Ho are definitely worth your while.

2. Emily Roysdon: If Only a Wave is open at Participant Inc until February 21, 2015.

Emily Roysdon is an interdisciplinary artist and writer splitting her time between New York and Stockholm. She uses performance, photography, text and video in her pieces. For her new exhibition If Only a Wave at Participant Inc, Roysdon’s stylized motif of an upside down triangle set on a row of waves is the center point. Broken down, built up, and reiterated throughout, it forms an abstract lexicon for ways to think through – elliptically – relationships between time and queer activism, space and the body, writing and performance. Our eyes were instantly caught by a series of photogram “calendars” where a butt plug, used like a sundial in the darkroom, makes covert appearance as a light bulb. Any artist who can morph such a “tool” into a calendar, has our attention.

3. Cullen Washington Jr.: Space Notations is open at B2OA until February 21, 2015.

In Space Notations, Louisiana-born Cullen Washington continues to defy formal expectations; canvas and found frag-ments circumvent and protrude organically from structural bars and packing tape functions as a graphic tool – both defining and breaking through material and space. Washington renews afresh his quest for essential truths, striving to reconcile order in the universe via the language of the grid and the notion of “abstractus” (i.e. subtracting space). He uses materials at hand including canvas, charcoal, powder, string, tape, gesso, and plastic filter, to create and then veer-off his concocted grid – sometimes visibly, and otherwise by implication.

4. Johan Grimonprez: It’s a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards is open at SVA Gallery until January 31, 2015.

SVA alumnus and faculty member Johan Grimonprez takes of the school’s gallery with his new exhibition It’s a Poor Sort of Memory that Only Works Backwards. The exhibition brings together four works: Looking for Alfred (2005), an homage to Hitchcock’s cameo appearances in his films, with a cast of look-alikes; Hitchcock didn’t have a Belly Button: Interview with Karen Black (2010), a recorded interview of the actress recounting her experiences with the legendary filmmaker; You Tube Me and I Tube You, a two-channel interaction installation and web project initiated in 2010; and I may have forever lost my umbrella (2011), a color short with a narration based on Fernando Pessoa’s Book of Disquiet underneath the images of YouTube videos of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, which is shown in New York for the first time in this exhibition.

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