Maria Berrio (MFA 2009 Illustration as Visual Essay) presents her latest collection, “Dream Gardens,” which explores concepts ranging from fantasy and reality, to utopia and paradise lost. Mixing collage with watercolor and Japanese paper, Berrio’s new works suggest a world where nature and humanity coexist harmoniously. On view at Praxis International Art, 541 West 25 Street, through October 12.
For his debut solo exhibition in New York, Brian Adam Douglas (BFA 1994 Illustration) offers “How to Disappear Completely,” a collection of drawings and collages that deal with the rebuilding of life and purpose in the wake of catastrophic deconstruction brought on by natural disasters and climate change (including overt references to Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy). On view at Andrew Edlin Gallery, 134 Tenth Avenue, September 12 through October 26.
A massive drawing by Sol LeWitt (1953 Illustration), which hasn’t been exhibited since he created the piece for the 1988 Venice Biennale, is currently on view in Chelsea. Entitled Wall Drawing #564: Complex forms with color ink washes superimposed, the piece belongs to a series of wall drawing he created during the late 1980s by superimposing layers upon layers of pigments with ink-soaked rags. On view at Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21 Street, through October 12.
Image: Maria Berrio, The escape from paradise, collage with watercolor and Japanese paper, 70″ x 108″, 2013