Melanie Bonajo, Chair, Table, Person, 2012
Melanie Bonajo, “So, does this hippy crap really work? One Question, Three Rooms, 44 Possible Answers”
P.P.O.W. Gallery, through Mar 30
The Dutch artist’s staged photographic tableaux have a deliberately amateurish quality, and appear to take aim at a number of targets, including consumerism, New Ageism, feminism and pornography.
Aura Rosenberg, Untitled (Versailles), 2012
Aura Rosenberg, “I Know It When I See It”
Martos Gallery, through Mar 30
The title refers to Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart’s famous opinion on the nature of hard-core pornography, outlined in a landmark 1964 case. The remark is pertinent to this show, in which Rosenberg presents overpainted inkjet images of porn, as well as life-size impressions of couples (including the artist and her husband) who were dipped in white paint before having sex on queen-size pieces of black velvet.
Leo Gabin, Slo Bucks, 2013, detail
Elizabeth Dee Gallery, through Apr 20
Leo Gabin isn’t an individual, but rather a collaboration of three artists—Lieven Deconinck, Gaëtan Begerem and Robin De Vooght—who live and work in Ghent, Belgium. Their art delves into notion that contemporary society is defined by media images, with videos that touch upon youth culture, and layered silk-screen paintings that bear a striking resemblance to Robert Rauschenberg’s mid-’60s work.
Virginia Overton, Untitled (hot tub), 2013
Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery, through Apr 6
Overton presents a kind of postapocalyptic day spa, with an old cast-iron tub filled with water being heated by an electric coffeemaker, and an entire gallery wall paneled with floorboards made of eastern red cedar.
Iona Rozeal Brown, Archangel “E” (Eating It), 2013
Iona Rozeal Brown, “Introducing…The House of Bando”
Salon 94 Freemans, through Apr 27
East meets West in Brown’s gender-bending mix of Japanese art and hip-hop style, with paintings that draw inspiration from the worlds of voguing and Kabuki theater.