Highlights of NYC gallery shows opening this week present multidisciplinary artists in group and solo shows featuring a multiplicity of mediums and diverse subject matter. Chelsea and Downtown galleries showcase watercolor cityscapes; archaeology-inspired art; interactive installations; ceramic and bronze sculptures;  and socio-politically charged video. Continue reading for our picks of the best shows opening in the NYC gallery scene through June 10.

CHELSEA

303 Gallery: “Tim Gardner”

June 7 through July 13, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

303 Gallery will present “Tim Gardner,” the artist’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery.

Tim Gardner, known for depicting coming-of-age scenarios, focuses on the subject of New York City in his new watercolor paintings. Tracing the nature of memory and sensation in relation to urban environments, Gardner’s paintings freeze and elongate the ephemeral collection of moments and flashes of images of everyday city life. His paintings depict such scenes as the cityscape outside the famed Strand bookstore, complete with the Empire State Building in the background; or a bucolic portrait of Lucy’s, the Alphabet City dive bar. Gardner, who spends time in both New York City and his native Canada, uses the duality of his experience to observe the preciousness of everyday moments while outlining an archetypal vision of the city’s archetypical visual identity.

303 Gallery is located at 555 W 21st St, New York, NY 10011. www.303gallery.com.

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"Afternoon in the Park" by Tim Gardner, 2018. Watercolor on paper, 18 x 24 inches, 20 x 26 inches paper size. © Tim Gardner, courtesy 303 Gallery, New York.

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Leila Heller Gallery: “Rachel Lee Hovnanian: Part III of The Women’s Trilogy Project, PURE”

June 7 through July 20, 2018

Leila Heller Gallery will present “Rachel Lee Hovnanian: Part III of The Women’s Trilogy Project, PURE.”

In the third of an unprecedented three sequential solo exhibitions in a New York gallery over the course of six months, Rachel Lee Hovnanian continues in “PURE” to explore social constructs of consumerism and societal pressures in interactive installations as well as a series of marble sculptures. In this exhibition, the artist explores contemporary notions of narcissism, obsession and intimacy through her multidisciplinary practice.

Consisting of three thematically-related installments, the “Women’s Trilogy Project” expands on familiar themes explored in the artist’s previous body of work, delving into ideas about addiction, gender roles and society’s alienating relationship to media and technology. Drawing on her Southern upbringing, Hovnanian challenges current cultural values, questioning gender barriers and struggles that women still face. Through an intersection of photography, video, sculpture, painting and installation, Hovnanian critiques the ways in which digital technology transforms human relationships and our perceptions of reality.

Leila Heller Gallery is located at 568 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001. www.leilahellergallery.com.

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Cristin Tierney Gallery: “Malia Jensen: Out West (Back East)”

June 7 through July 13, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Christian Tierney Gallery will present “Malia Jensen: Out West (Back East),” featuring new works by the artist.

In new ceramic and bronze sculptures, Malia Jensen explores identity construction, human nature, and perception in imagery of a highly personal narrative. Jensen, who has moved between rural Oregon and New York, depicts her artistic and individual growth. Her sculptures examine the ruggedly romantic notions of the West in pieces like Box of Snakes and Deer Skull, or point to both the sensuality and aging of the human body while depicting folds of fabric or bowls of fruit. Her works look at the myriad ways of defining humanity, while unearthing beauty in the mundane, humor in the dark and absurd, and redemption in failure.

Cristin Tierney Gallery is located at 540 W 28th St, New York, NY 10001. www.cristintierney.com.

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DOWNTOWN

Peter Blum Gallery: “Excavation”

June 7 through July 27, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Peter Blum Gallery will present “Excavation,” a group show featuring the work of Zahoor ul Akhlaq, N. Dash, Josephine Halvorson, Corin Hewitt, Erik Lindman and Stanley Rosen.

The gallery will present a small selection of work from each artist. Small heavily textured paintings from Zahoor ul Akhlaq (1941-1991), a pioneering artist in Pakistan who combined Southeast Asian traditional aesthetic values with Western modernist art movements, will be on display. N. Dash (b. 1980) will present large scale paintings that deal with bodily intelligence expressed through tactile interactions and interventions with natural and synthetic materials. Josephine Halvorson (b. 1981)—whose work investigates objects and environments through paintings made directly on site—will present five recent gouache on paper works that were made from the dirt and detritus at a disused mine in the California/Nevada desert.

Corin Hewitt (b. 1971), whose work integrates personal biography into the places and objects he encounters, will show sculptures from his recent project, “The Granby Inn,” in which he dug trenches, excavated walls and conducted archival research into the history of his current home and studio in Richmond, VA. Erik Lindman (b. 1985) will present three recent large-scale paintings that join, glue and screw anonymous found surfaces, such as sheets of painted luan or marred shards of stainless steel, onto the canvas as compositional elements. Stanley Rosen (b. 1926) will show five intimately-scaled ceramic sculptures that show a reverence for artifacts, architecture and aesthetic principles of past civilizations while still holding up a foreign and futuristic energy.

Peter Blum Gallery is located at 176 Grand St, New York, NY 10013. www.peterblumgallery.com.

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"Desert 3" by Josephine Halvorson, 2018. Gouache on paper, 22 x 24 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York.

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GRIMM: “I Will Outlive You” by Claudia Martínez Garay

June 7 through July 20, 2018

Opening Reception: Thursday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

GRIMM will present “Claudia Martínez Garay: I Will Outlive You,” the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery and first solo exhibition in the United States.

Peruvian artist Claudia Martínez Garay will present a “Ñuqa Kausakusaq Quepaykitapas/I Will Outlive You” (2017), a single-channel HD video alongside an installation of ceramics and paintings. Investigating objects’ journeys between their origin and destination, Garay’s work is in dialogue with the impact of colonialism on cultural artifacts and how the information accrued in these transitory spaces holds value and power.

Garay, who was inspired by a ceramic vase created by a Moche prisoner moments before his death, blurs fact and fiction in her video, which depicts the prisoner’s state of mind from childhood to death. Her ceramics, featuring food, animals and limbs, act as a mirror to the prisoner in the film, individually appearing fragile and symbolic while collectively acting powerful and analytical.

GRIMM is located at 202 Bowery, New York, NY 10012. www.grimmgallery.com.

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Peter Freeman, Inc.: “Summer,” Curated by Ugo Rondinone

June 8 through July 27, 2018

Peter Freeman, Inc. will present “Summer,” a group show curated by Ugo Rondinone.

Bringing together 34 works by seven artists, the group show explores human connection to nature. David Adamo will present a group of “termite mound sculptures” stemming from his interest in creating sculpture from processes observed in nature; Pat Steir will present dripped, splashed and poured “waterfall” paintings. Ned Smyth’s sculptures and public art projects are informed by his study of archaeological sites, temples, cathedrals and past structural periods; Shara Hughes will show “invented landscapes” of enchanted vistas that recall vintage postcards.

Geoffrey Hendricks’ “Sky Paintings” (1965) will be on view, rendering the visible invisible and the immaterial material, according to the gallery. Stephen Pace’s figurative paintings will depict coastal waterfront fishermen; Emily Mae Smith’s work plays with the legacies of Pop art, referencing classic animation, art history, mythology and science-fiction kitsch.

Peter Freeman, Inc. is located at 140 Grand St, New York, NY 10013. www.peterfreemaninc.com.

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“Sky Paintings” by Geoffrey Hendricks. Courtesy Geoffrey Hendricks Archive and Peter Freeman, Inc.

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NYC Gallery Scene - Highlights publishes weekly with exhibitions selected by Hamptons Art Hub staff. This edition was selected by Kathryn Heine and written by Genevieve Kotz. Click here to visit our Gallery Guide to find more exhibitions on view.

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