â€śDark Peculiar Toysâ€ť by MFA Illustration as Visual Essay Department faculty member Viktor Koen makes its New York debut after being exhibited extensively around the world. Koenâ€™s award winning series of prints explore ideas about what a toy is and is supposed to doâ€”defacing, braking or de-constructing the toys into piles of raw materials, waiting to be re-constructed in alternative ways. â€śDark Peculiar Toysâ€ť typographical companion â€śToyphabetâ€ť will also be on display. On view at United Photo Industries, 111 Front Street, Suite 2O4, DUMBO, through October 28.
The paintings in â€śHappening & Historyâ€ť 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 â€śnewspaperâ€ť as a point of departure. â€śMy Rubies and My Diamondsâ€ť alludes to the ways information is in constant motion, and aims to pull the viewerâ€™s mind away from too much information. On view at JosĂ©e Bienvenu Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, through October 27.