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Trent’s Top Gallery Picks—June 2013

Titularly yet tentatively, this three-person exhibition is about psychedelic mushrooms, but only one piece depicts toadstools. That work is Chris Martin’s “Untitled” (2013), a freestanding vinyl screen, more than 15 feet wide and 10 feet tall, portraying a woman foraging in the woods.

Leon Reid IV, "Leon Reid IV’s iPhone 6", iPhone, cast resin, steel, enamel, 8" x 3.5" x 3.5", edition of 15. Photo courtesy the artist.

“iPhone 6” Debuts in Brooklyn

“One day, we will live in a world where our smartphones are smarter than us,” says artist Leon Reid IV, “and we will be the devices for our smartphones.”

Installation view of Charles Atlas’s video projections “Plato’s Alley,” 2008 (left), and “Painting by Numbers,” 2011. Photo courtesy Luhring Augustine Bushwick

Trent’s Top Gallery Picks—March 2012

What makes these works most magical is Altas’s power to turn six boring numerals into things of grace and near limitless capacity. If Luhring Augustine keeps mounting exhibitions as good as this one, we should hope they stick around Bushwick for a long time

Detail of “No Sleep ‘til Brooklyn,” 2011, an installation by the People’s Art Collective at the Bogart Salon. Photo by Matthew C. Lange

Trent’s Top Gallery Picks—October 2011

THE PEOPLE’S ART COLLECTIVE, “NO SLEEP ‘TIL BROOKLYN” The Bogart Salon, 56 Bogart St., through 10/17 At the center of the Bogart Salon, toys and trash make up a sprawling model of two very different allegorical places, the “Art Scene” and “Hedge Fund City,” connected by choo-choo trains. The model was supposedly devised by a clandestine  More > >

Last Chance to See “The Vanishing Icons of Metropolitan Ave”

Partners & Spade is currently displaying hunks of Williamsburg history at its space on Great Jones Street. “The Vanishing Icons of Metropolitan Avenue: A History of Williamsburg’s Handmade Shop Signs from the 1980s,” curated by Karen Hudes, features three-dimensional signs that were once ubiquitous along Grand Street and Graham and Metropolitan Avenues.