Gallery Walk: Lower East Side, NYC

From Ryan Foerster’s chemigrams to paintings by Matthew Wong, here’s the best art to see on New York’s Lower East Side this month, and what to eat and drink along the way.

GALLERY WALK: Lower East Side, NYC

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER, 2019

From Ryan Foerster’s chemigrams to paintings by Matthew Wong, here’s the best art to see on New York’s Lower East Side this month, and what to eat and drink along the way.

A.

BAXTER ST AT THE CAMERA CLUB OF NEW YORK
126 and 128 Baxter St, 10013 (between Hester & Canal)
Tel: 212-260-9927
Tues – Sat: 12 – 6
https://www.baxterst.org/
Thru Dec. 20: Ryan Foerster, “Got Post Bench.”  Foerster made the “compost prints” in this show between 2011–14, when he was working at the Camera Club as a lab technician. Taking discarded test sheets of photo paper home with him, he would leave them outdoors under flowerpots, rocks, and scatterings of dirt. Eventually, these objects would chemically interact with the paper’s emulsion, producing bursts and blooms of color. Also on view: new photographs digitally overlaid with clip art.
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Ryan Foerster, Skate, 2019, digital c-print, 40 x 30 inches. Courtesy the artist and Baxter St Camera Club.

B.

BRIDGET DONAHUE
99 Bowery, 2nd Fl, 10002 (between Grand & Hester)
(Stair access only)
Tel: 646-896-1368
Wed – Sun 12 – 6
https://www.bridgetdonahue.nyc/
Thru Jan. 26, 2020: Ragen Moss, “8 Animals.” The partially transparent skins of Moss’s abstract sculptures offer intriguing glimpses of smaller sculptures suspended within. For her first show at Bridget Donahue, the artist has created eight new torso-shaped works that, despite the show’s title, radiate a lively humanity.
Closed for Thanksgiving: Wednesday, November 27th through Friday, November 29th

Ragen Moss, Unteachables I (with double Hearts), 2019, acrylic, polyethylene, aluminum, and steel hardware, two sculptures each: 24 x 15 x 8 inches. Image copyright (c) Ragen Moss, courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, NYC. Photo: Gregory Carideo.

C.

SPICY VILLAGE
68B Forsyth St, 10002 (between Grand & Hester)
Tel: 212-625-8299 | 917-689-1882
Mon – Sat 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM (closed Sundays)
http://www.spicyvillageny.com/
“Chinese cafe serving Henan fare (hand-pulled noodles, pork pancakes & spicy chicken) in simple digs.” The description on their website says it all. This tiny, fluorescent-lit restaurant dishes up reliably delicious, amazingly inexpensive food. Get the Big Plate Chicken with a side of noodles if you’re sharing, or a crispy beef or pork pancake or two if you’re looking for lighter fare. Be prepared to wait for a table.

Spicy Village, NYC

D.

47 CANAL
Wednesday – Sunday // 11a – 6p
291 Grand, 2nd floor, 10002 (between Eldridge & Allen)
Tel: 646-415-7712
Wed – Sun 11 –6
https://47canal.us/
Through Dec. 20: “Miffed Blue Return.” Three moving image installations reflect on historical events and their reverberations in the context of specific places. Yason Banal’s multimedia presentation takes as its starting point an ill-fated film center commissioned by Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda in 1981; Sky Hopinka’s two-channel video offers a history of Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida, used as a prison during the Indian Wars of the late 1880s; and Cici Wu’s film revisits the mystery of Yu Man Hon, an autistic boy from Hong Kong who disappeared in 2000 after crossing into China.
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Yason Banal, For a long time the glitch remained motionless… and in disbelief!, 2019 (installation view): (Notes on a New Society), 2019, multi channel video installation comprised of the artist’s videos and Youtube downloads, dimensions and durations variable; (Miffed Film Festival), 2019, new but slowed down wifi at 47 Canal to match the Philippines’ internet speed, Youtube channel containing trailers of the films featured in the 1st Manila International Film Festival, duration variable depending on wifi speed; (City of Man, city of Pearl), 2019 laser-cut acrylic and 3D print, Manila Film Centre Reader, 18 x 24 x 7 inches
Image courtesy of the artist and 47 Canal, New York. Photo: Joerg Lohse.

E.

MAGENTA PLAINS
94 Allen St, 10002 (between Delancey and Broome)
Tel: 917-388-2464
Wed – Sun 11 – 6
http://www.magentaplains.com/
Thru Dec. 18: Ebecho Muslimova, “TRAPS!” New paintings and drawings featuring Muslimova’s heroine, the supremely self-confident but accident-prone Fatebe.
Closed for Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th

Ebecho Muslimova, Fatebe Net, 2019, oil and acrylic on canvas, 66 x 60 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Magenta Plains, NYC.

F.

MITCHELL ALGUS GALLERY
132 Delancey St, 2nd Fl, 10002 (entrance on Norfolk)
(Stair access only)
Tel: 516-639-4918
Fri – Sun 12 – 6
http://mitchellalgusgallery.com/landing.html
Extended thru Dec. 22: Robert Mallary, “The Human Condition (Work from 1938–1965).” The iconoclastic dealer Mitchell Algus, whose gallery recently celebrated its 25th year, has dedicated his career to presenting the work of underknown artists. This month he’s showing 1960s abstract sculptures, made from resin-impregnated tuxedos, by Robert Mallary (1917–1997).
Closed for Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th

Robert Mallary, Title Unknown, 1962, polyester-resin impregnated tuxedos, 82 x 40 x 12 inches. Courtesy Mitchell Algus, NYC.

G.

CHAPTER NY
249 E. Houston St, 10002 (between Norfolk & Suffolk)
Tel: 646-850-7486
Wed – Sun 11 – 6
https://chapter-ny.com/
Thru Dec. 20: Ann Greene Kelly, “Eyelids Are Our Thinnest Skin.” In Ann Greene Kelly’s sculptures, everyday objects such as bricks, metal folding chairs, and mattresses play host to curious additions. On view here, for example, is a car door inset with two tiny brick tunnels made of painted plaster.
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Ann Greene Kelly, Front Door Floral Sheet, 2019, car door, plaster, colored pencil, 14 x 46 x 40 1/2 inches. Courtesy the artist and Chapter NY, New York. Photo by Dario Lasagni.

H.

KARMA
188 E. 2nd St, 10009 (between Aves A & B)
Tel: 212-390-8290
Wed – Sun 10 – 6
https://karmakarma.org/
Thru Dec. 22: Matthew Wong, “Blue.” Organized before his death by suicide last month, this show presents the self-taught painter’s last body of work—a group of dreamlike nocturnal scenes rendered in shades of blue.
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Matthew Wong, Autumn Nocturne, 2018, oil on canvas, 48 × 72 inches. Courtesy of the artist’s estate and Karma, New York.

I.

RAMEN ISHIDA
122 Ludlow St, 10002 (between Rivington & Delancey)
Tel: 646-590-3276
Mon – Sat 12 – 4; 5:30 – 10
https://www.ramenishida.com/
It’s cold outside. Snag a stool at Ramen Ishida and warm yourself up with a bowl of proprietor Yohei Ishida’s savory New Tokyo-style ramen or, for the vegetarians among you, his spicy mushroom-tofu ramen. (Closed between 4 and 5:30 PM every day.)

Ramen Ishida