Highlights From Friday’s Beat Nite, the Semi-Annual Bushwick Gallery Extravaganza


On Friday night, a slew of Bushwick galleries stayed open late for the art-rich neighborhood’s twice-annually Beat Nite extravaganza, with this edition curated by the New Criterion’s James Panero. Though there were too many participating galleries to see them all, those we made it too provided plenty of highlights, beginning with the collapsed, graffiti-covered architectural miniatures of Armas Carino (see above) — the duo of painter Ori Carino and architect Benjamin Armas — which were the standouts in a very thoughtfully curated three-artist show at Lorimoto, “Front Line,” which closed yesterday.


HOTEL: This one-room installation in the live-work space at 796 Broadway featured a playful, eclectic, yet weirdly cohesive mini-exhibition including a hilariously titled sculpture of beeswax-covered wood by Tora Lopez — “Two Cheers for the Bundle of Sticks Metaphor” (2012) — a mobile of musical wood trapezoids by James Reeder, and a Duchampian peephole installation by Ken Madore.


Silver Projects: Up on the third floor of 796 Broadway is Silver Projects, which had a group show of drawings by Nesta Mayo, tintypes by Michelle Kloehn, and a video by Jenny Vogel. In the hallway outside the gallery, this cut-open drawing containing a stunning polka-dot interior was a real eye-catcher.


Valentine: The gallery’s two-person show of works by Judith Linhares and Loren Munk — in addition to an excellent project space exhibition of new paintings by Rebecca Litt — paired Linhares’s funny figurative paintings with Munk’s trademark infographic and map compositions. Among the most memorable pieces, including one my Munk dissecting the optics of looking at art, was this hilarious painting by Linhares portraying what looks like a Christmas disaster in the making.


Storefront Ten Eyck: While the paintings and sculptures in Storefront’s main space, by Ryan Michael Ford and David Humphrey, are a terrific match and predictably terrific, the real surprise here is Jessie Brugger‘s series of surreal, Tim Burton-esque clay-and-cardboard sculptures and dioramas in the gallery’s front room project space.


Centotto: In his solo exhibition at the ever-dynamic apartment gallery, Paul Gagner presented new paintings showcasing a wickedly deadpan sense of humor carried off with great technical dexterity — notice the sharp execution of every element in “My Desktop With Club Sandwich” (2013, above), from the folders and Helvetica text to the cosmic sandwich.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Photos by the author.)