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BURG ‘n’ POINT - Ready? On your marks...Get set...Go! - Making openings at Pierogi, Sideshow, Calpa Kesting Fine Arts and McCaig & Welles

By Rebecca White

I had only one hour to hit four galleries this week. Why? Don’t ask so many questions! I was just running late to Friday night’s openings, that’s all. And it didn’t help that the pope was in town and the moon was full with anticipation. The city, already bursting with energy, was on a sharper edge than normal. I felt rushed, invigorated and a bit nervous as I bounced around Williamsburg.

Pierogi, Sideshow Gallery, Capla Kesting Fine Arts and McCaig & Welles all had openings last Friday. Unfortunately, these galleries are not very close to each other. This made catching a glimpse of each artist’s exhibition complicated. I had to think strategically to fit everything in before the galleries closed up shop at 10 p.m. Since I had about an hour, I decided to start at Pierogi and work my way up Bedford Avenue to Sideshow then around and down Roebling to M&W and CKFA.

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First stop was Pierogi, where Daniel Zeller and Peter Garfield were showing, with Zeller in the front room. His works, which were ink and acrylic on paper, were very different from Garfield’s, whose work was in the back room of the gallery. Garfield’s work was a giant pile of trash which covered the floor like organized chaos. Loved it!

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Sideshow Gallery was packed. “Shape Shifters: An Exhibtion of New York Painters” was opening. The show, which runs until May 4, was curated by James Biederman and featured more than twenty painters.

The show’s press release boasted the show’s simplicity: “No teams, no engineering, no computers, no touch-screens, no information, no filters, no interfacing. Paint on canvas, hanging on a couple of walls

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