Amy Stein (MFA 2006 Photography, Video and Related Media) and Stacy Arezou Mehrfar’s new exhibit “Tall Poppy Syndrome” resulted from a month-long study and road trip throughout New South Wales, Australia, to learn about the Australian social phenomenon of cutting others down when they are perceived as being too much of a standout. Stein’s work is known for exploring man’s evolving isolation from community, culture and the environment. On view at ClampArt, 521-531 West 25 Street, through February 16.
Robert Lazzarini (BFA 1990 Fine Arts) creates a new American landscape in his exhibition “(damage),” removing common objects, such as windows, doors or fences, from their original setting and manipulating them into broken or deformed fragments. Lazzarini distorts each object’s integrity and utility to disorient the audience through visual and haptic space. On view at Marlborough Chelsea, 545 West 25 Street, through February 16.
Steven Bindernagel’s (MFA 2006 Fine Arts) first solo exhibit “In Conversation” includes recent paintings and works on paper. Rhizomatic in structure and informed by architecture, digital malfunctions, floral pastiches and stained glass, Bindernagel describes his work as, “not so much about obsession as … calculation, letting go, reining in control and finding an acceptable sense of completion.” On view at CRG Gallery, 548 West 22 Street, through February 23.