The Bowery: Gritty Art Elbowing Grit: a gallery rounduphttp://www.thirteen.org/sundayarts/blog/the-bowery-gritty-art-elbowing-grit/1188/
Thierry Goldberg Projects (5 Rivington), is a small storefront space of the sort that evokes the old East Village. Adaptation, paintings by Ben Grasso, are on view through May 15. They depict standard-issue Colonial-style houses exploding or fraying, or perhaps the reverse, coming together. The geometry and perspective are accurate, but Grasso uses a loose, confident brush stroke that allows the compositions to breathe. This sort of imagery inhabits the space past consciousness — dreams or nightmares containing terrifying subliminal symbolism. They contrast with Malcolm Morley’s mostly-new paintings at Sperone Westwater, in a show titledRules of Engagement, realistically rendered pseudo-war propaganda style portraits of pilots, planes and DIY paper airplane kits that hang somewhat uncomfortably in the Foster sliver building.