“Dark Peculiar Toys” by MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department faculty member Viktor Koen makes its New York debut after being exhibited extensively around the world. Koen’s award winning series of prints explore ideas about what a toy is and is supposed to do—defacing, braking or de-constructing the toys into piles of raw materials, waiting to be re-constructed in alternative ways. “Dark Peculiar Toys” typographical companion “Toyphabet” will also be on display. On view at United Photo Industries, 111 Front Street, Suite 2O4, DUMBO, through October 28.
The paintings in “Happening & History” by Jonathan Beer (BFA 2010 Illustration) merge themes of memory, landscape and architecture by incorporating aspects of Surrealism. Inspired by urbanization as seen through the perpetual rebuilding and decay of civilization, Beer uses unconnected objects to pushes the limits of reality. On view at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, 526 West 26th Street, #605, through October 11.
In her debut solo exhibition with Bienvenu Gallery, Phoebe Washburn (MFA 2002 Fine Arts) combines process driven studio practices with everyday materials, using the medium of the “newspaper” as a point of departure. “My Rubies and My Diamonds” alludes to the ways information is in constant motion, and aims to pull the viewer’s mind away from too much information. On view at Josée Bienvenu Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, through October 27.