Your Art Weekend: Lower East Side Galleries

Your Art Weekend: Lower East Side Galleries


With the New York art season in full swing, it can be hard to keep up with all of the amazing openings around town. To help combat the dueling forces of a busy schedule and FOMO, we’ve put together a list of four galleries with excellent exhibitions that are all closing this Sunday, October 25th. Don’t let these shows pass you by!

Julia Bland at
On Stellar Rays: 1 Rivington Street
The remarkable works in Julia Bland’s New York debut deftly straddle the line between tapestry and painting. Her large, symmetrical pieces are composed from assorted fabrics that have been intricately stitched together and painted over. Amid large geometrical abstractions, complex patterns emerge, simultaneously stopping you in your tracks and demanding a closer inspection.


Samara Golden at CANADA:  333 Broome Street
This vertiginous installation is a sight to behold. Having covered the floor in mirrors and the walls with assorted furniture and decorations, Golden completely transforms the gallery space, where visitors observe her fantastical scenes from a bisecting catwalk. Peering over the edge you’ll find the alternating austere living room and restaurant backdrops full of remarkable detail, as notions of “up” and “down” begin to lose all meaning.

John Seal at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise: 291 Grand Street
While Gavin Brown’s Greenwich Village location has decamped for Harlem, you can still see signs of life downtown at the Grand Street location, which shows a novel assortment of regular exhibitions. The latest presents John Seal’s colorful, tongue-in-cheek paintings that confront the occasional haughtiness of the medium. The fun and festive works, occasionally displayed on plywood cutouts of sweatshirts, are joined by an equally amusing duck decoy arrangement.

Emily Mae Smith at Laurel Gitlen: 122 Norfolk Street
Drawing on a mix of references that range from Roy Lichtenstein to Walt Disney’s Fantasia, the latest works by the New York-based Smith are cartoonish in both subject matter and tone. Challenging any interpretation brought by the viewer, these oil paintings are a delightful change of pace, and remain as refreshing as they are confounding.

Seeing all that art can really work up an appetite, and whether your looking to eat or imbibe, Mother’s Ruin has you covered on both fronts. While it might be a little too cold these days for the specialty frozen cocktail, their delectable bar snacks and craft cocktails should more than warm you up.

A huge thanks to Alex Allenchey for writing this installment of "Your Art Weekend"! We can't wait to check out these awesome artists!