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January in Brooklyn


January finds the Brooklyn borough offering several bountiful art shows that extend the seasonal spirit of giving well into 2012. Firstly, Sideshow Gallery (319 Bedford Ave.) proffers its 12th Annual Winter Group Show “Mic Check” and it’s a whopper, boasting over 440 artists in one space. Gallerist Rich Timperio undertakes the Herculean task of installation, a masterwork in itself; if there were “Seven Wonders of the Brooklyn Art World”, this would be one of them. (Through Feb. 29th) Opening January 13th is “Paperazzi” an annual show at Janet Kurnatowski (205 Norman Ave.), this year claiming over 100 works on paper. Ouchi Gallery (170 Tillary St., Suite #507) also offers 100 contemporary Japanese artist’s works in their 4th Annual 100 Artist Exhibition “Love”, on view through Jan. 29th.

Painter Chris Martin’s curatorial effort, “Special Blend” opens on January 13th at the Journal Gallery (168 N. 1st St.) and Brooklyn artist Leigh Davis installs a transitional, yet actual “residency” within Open Source (306 17th St.), opening January 14th. Through January 22nd see “Broken Homes” at Momenta Art (56 Bogart St.) a group show with an impressive roster that includes Kate Gilmore, Lisa Kirk, and Gordon Matta-Clark.

This month, there are three exquisite Geometric Abstraction shows in Brooklyn that must not be missed. Storefront Bushwick (16 Wilson Ave.) shows prismatic paintings by Halsey Hathaway, Gary Petersen, and Rob de Oude. Hathaway’s acrylic works incorporate overlaid scalloped and curvilinear shapes that exude a quiet, stained glass-like luminosity. Combining complex compositions and a space age pop color sensibility, Gary Petersen’s paintings are playful, jazzy, and engaging. In the back room, Rob de Oude offers linear, layered work that rewards the invested viewer with myriad optical patterning, alternately dazzling and subdued. The Project Space at Camel Art Space (722 Metropolitan Ave.) exhibits kinetic, sprightly work by Ridgewood artist/gallerist (Small Black Door) Matthew Mahler and artist Andrew Zarou. Lastly RHV Fine Art (683 6th Ave.) displays brilliant works by South Carolina painter Jerry Walden. Walden’s’ restrained diagonal compositions allow his resplendent color juxtapositions to shine like holiday ribbons against cool putty and sand. In an art world obsessed with young talent and ‘the new’, Walden (who is in his retirement years) proves that nothing is quite so fresh as skill honed over time and craft applied with wisdom and technique. (Through Jan 22nd)..

—Enico Gomez