Simen Johan (BFA 1996 Photography) presents new sculptures and photos from his ongoing project “Until the Kingdom Comes.” Johan’s work creates tension by blurring the boundaries between opposites, such as the natural and artificial, the tranquil and lively. On view at Yossi Milo Gallery, 525 West 25 Street, through December 23.
“The Passions” by Martin Wittfooth (MFA 2008 Illustration as Visual Essay) explores the destructive nature of blind faith by focusing on the idolization of violence, self-sacrifice, and suffering that are central to faith-based notions of martyrdom and sainthood. In these new paintings, Wittfooth draws upon references and imagery in classical art to create modern day parables of his own. On view at Lyons Wier Gallery, 524 West 24 Street, through November 12.
Over the past five years, the work of Yamini Nayar (MFA 2005 Photography, Video and Related Media) has been shifting the space of memory and imagination from the literal to the abstract. “Head Space” features photographs of table-top environments that were assembled from re-purposed and recycled materials. Grounded in her interest in the poetics of the built environment, Nayer’s first solo exhibition also shifts the nature of meaning. On view at Thomas Erben Gallery, 526 West 26 Street, through December 3.
Image: Simen Johan, Untitled #168, 2011, C-Print, 71″ × 96 1/2″ (180.34 × 245.11 cm).