gallery weekend preview

Arratia Beer
Katerina Seda
No Go
April 18-June 8, 2012
Czech artist Katerine Seda merges a unique geography with a social urban discourse in her exhibition “No Go” at Arratia Beer. When a small town in the Czech Republic, Nošovice, was divided by a Hyundai car manufacturing plant, residents had to alter their daily routines in order to bypass the circular shaped factory grounds. Seda sought to engage the community with their newly arranged city plan and chose to canonize this obtrusive circular space within the town's perimeter. In a series of documented actions, Seda fabricated a local custom that would incorporate this new circular pattern into Nošovice and “No Go” documents the outcome.

Moeller Fine Art
Piero Dorazio, Julio le Parc, Heinze Mach, Nam June Paik, Otto Piene, Peter Sedgley A.O.
Howard Wise Gallery: Exploring the New Christo
April 27 - June 30
Howard Wise is an American gallerist who rose to prominence in the mid 20th century. Having taken notice of the increasing importance of technology's relationship with the visual arts early on, Wise's gallery showed a variety of highly influential exhibitions involving kinetic and video art throughout the 50s and 60s from artists working in both America and Europe. In a recapitulation of some of the most significant works, Moeller Fine Art will present light sculptures, projection and early video works for this diverse and influential show.

Vadra Caivano
Yael Davids

April 27- June 16
For Varada Caivano, the canvas is a multilayered process that underscores paint's malleable features. In these three small-scale ink and oil paintings, the artist's process is one of constant revision. Her tightly applied brush strokes are interrupted with scrapes, drips and overpainting. With this, the variability inherent in the medium's liquid form becomes readily apparent. The second solo show at Circus is by Israeli born and Amsterdam based artist Yael Davids. Her minimal installations situate glass, wood and other humble objects in conversation with each other within the gallery space. In an effort to articulate a universal language among these objects, Davids has purposefully withheld an overarching narrative and instead has opted to bring the mundane into the realm of the public.

Galerie Neu
Cerith Eyn Evans
Constructed Situation
April 27 – June 23
On the first floor of Gallerie Neu, Cerith Wyn Evans presents several pieces under the title “Constructed Situation.” This collection of objects references both the past and future as a large-scale drawing of a Persian rug, several potted plants and a 14 meter long neon quote sit side by side. Adjunctively, Gedi Sibony's exhibition has an economy of production that is both aesthetic and medium. Simple plywood and cardboard retain their reductive palette and assume a sculptural life within the gallery space. On the third floor of Galerie Neu Anna Blessman and Peter Saville's show entitled “Swing Project 2” explores notions of promiscuity and the resulting intellectual and cultural crossover.

Supportico Lopez
Gino de Dominicis
Als Morand, Nicholas Byrne, Nicolas Ceccaldi, Marius Engh, Natalie Hausler, Niels Trannois, David Keating, Alek O
Italian master Gino de Dominicis presents installation, sculpture and drawings. These works from the late 60s and early 70s deal with notions of time, death and immortality. In a concurrent show, a second Italian master, Giorgio Morandi, serves as the inspiration for the group show of young artists in Supportico Lopez's temporary space.

Galerie Barbara Weiss
Monika Baer
Morals and Mousse
April 28-June 16
Monika Baer is a Berlin based painter who works with watercolor, oil, collage and drawing. For the artist's series “Morals and Mousse” on view at Galerie Barabra Weiss, a collection of wall hanging pieces continue in Baer's typical fashion of employing a mix of abstraction and detailed renderings in a diverse use of symbols and techniques to allude to motifs of painting.

David Renggli
Drums, please!
April 28-May 30
Metal sculptures are shown side by side with a new series of reverse glass paintings for artist David Renggli's solo show. In a reduced metaphorical representation of the human form, metal rods are constructed, taking their visual clues from antique sculptures and contemporary fashion models. Similarly, Renggli has applied thick colorful strokes of paint to the back of glass in this new series titled “I Love You.” This unconventional surface allows for light to shine through the magenta, red and blue pigment, adding an increased radiance to the colour and pushing abstract painting into a saccharine caricature of itself.

[Image: Kateřina Šedá: Nedá se svítit / No light, 2010; photo Michal Hladík, courtesy of the artist, Franco Soffiantino gallery, Turin, Arratia Beer, Berlin]