Still Life with Banana, Purse and Change © Justine ReyesThe holiday season is behind us and I'm very much looking forward to the first openings of the new year. Good friends Tim Briner, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, and Justine Reyes all have what promise to be stellar shows opening this week.
I met Tim Briner in 2007 days before he was about to set off on his year long trip exploring small town America. During his trip he sent me many postcards from the road written on the side of Boont Amber Ale beer cases. He's back from the boonies and set to debut his impressive new work from the Boonville series.
Boonville | Tim Briner
Jan 7- Feb 27
Daniel Cooney Gallery
511 West 25th Street, Suite 506
Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan 7, 6-8pm
Ruben Natal-San Miguel is one of the most genuine, big-hearted people you could meet. He loves photography and photographers, and I bet if you come to his show opening and say hello he'll love you too. He's curating the group show Versus which opens at Hous Project, also on Thursday. Many of my favorite contemporary photographers will be represented including Hank Willis Thomas, Matthew Pillsbury, Phillip Toledano, and fellow POCers Cara Phillips and Brian Ulrich.
Versus | Curated by Ruben Natal-San Miguel
Jan 7 - Mar 8
21 Howard Street, 2nd floor
Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan 7, 6-10pm
The weekend promises even more great photography. Justine Reyes' gorgeous (trust me, I've seen them, these prints are gorgeous) work from her Vanitas series will be on view at the Center for Photography at Woodstock beginning Saturday. I'm planning on gassing up my car and getting my ass up there for the opening. And, you should too!
Vanitas | Justine ReyesAll of this great work should give pause to the Chicken Little's navel-gazing of late about the death of photography.
Jan 9 - Feb 28
Center for Photography at Woodstock
59 Tinker Street
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 9, 5-8pm