Don’t Let the Rabbits Get You Down: Art You Can Count On

imageThere’s not the slightest doubt that galleries are hurting suffering direly lately. The fallout has gotten so abysmal that they’ve embraced a rather Donnie Darko-esque method of raising awareness. So this weekend, wherever you are across the world, make a little time to patronize your local galleries. Just because the New Depression’s made mincemeat out of television and pop music doesn’t mean art is experiencing a similar creative drought.

● Culver City-based Fette’s Gallery is celebrating the work of artist Bas Louter’s latest work with a show entitled “Dust.” Louter’s charcoal and ink drawings draw take cues from history and film noir in equal measures; “Dust” is curated by Fette herself . While the show is ongoing through Valentine’s Day, it formally opens tomorrow night with a reception.

● Now here’s synergy that all the savviest marketing execs world put together couldn’t conjure. Antony Hegarty, the voice behind Hercules & Love Affair, is drawing attention to his band’s — that’s Antony & the Johnsons — latest offering by presenting a number of his newsprint and ink drawings at London’s Isis Gallery. “The Creek” dreams up fragmented landscapes, finding reference points in the works of William S Burroughs and Antonin Artaud. The exhibition ends in late February. Also, for synergy’s sake, here’s the band’s first single off The Crying Light, “Epilepsy Is Dancing.”

● And because Warholia will never fall out of fashion, Galerie Rudolfinum in Brussels is celebrating Andy Warhol’s screen tests and non-narrative films from the better part of the 1960s. “Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures” features everyone from pop art poster-girl Edie Sedgwick to Dennis Hopper doddering about on film. I suppose no one could ever allege that the man was anything if not prolific. The show runs through April.

● In Lower Manhattan, namely the Lower East Side’s Cuchifritos, a group show focused around a photo album found curbside that chronicled a peculiar relationship in which two lovers never appeared together in any of the photographs. In addition to the found photography, “A Relationship Left for Dead” features artists like Patrick Cunningham and Jordan Tinker contributing work that utilizes the album as a launchpad to more thoroughly explore themes of loss and isolation. And what better time to explore such bleak motifs than during flu season!

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