One-Line Reviews: Pithy Takes on Virginia Overton, William Cordova, and More

One-Line Reviews: Pithy Takes on Virginia Overton, William Cordova, and More
Virginia Overton's "Untitled (Juniperus virginiana)" (2013) at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
(Photo by Benjamin Sutton)

Once again, ARTINFO has sent its intrepid staff into the streets of Chelsea, charged with reviewing the art they saw in a single (sometimes run-on) sentence. (To see our One-Line Reviews as an illustrated slideshow, click here.)

William Cordova “Yawar Mallku: Temporal Landscapes” at Sikkema Jenkins, 530 West 22nd Street, through April 6


Small sculptures scattered throughout the gallery punctuate the mixed media 2D works — from pixelated color studies dominating the main space to subtle series of drawings and collages lining the walls — revealing, among other themes, Cordova's interest in architecture, his affinity for hip hop, and his ability to transform myriad veins of cultural history into a congruous narrative. — Sara Roffino

Virginia Overton at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, 534 West 26th Street, through April 6

Virginia Overton's two-piece show consists of the most suspect-looking hot tub since “Hot Tub Time Machine” — a tired drip coffee maker ineffectually filling a shabby bathtub — and the year's most transporting and best-smelling installation to date: A wall covered with odorous and richly colorful planks of cedar sourced from her family's Tennessee farm that, taken with the tub, makes for a romantic DIY portrayal of rural poverty in prime Chelsea.Benjamin Sutton

WK, “360, a 25 Year Survey” at Jonathan LeVine Gallery, 557 West 23rd Street, through March 30

Before there was the Meatball Shop, Pianos, Los Feliz, and other trendy Lower East Side establishments, there was an intense art and music scene, celebrated in the dark and gritty street art of WK, whose massive body of work is now being exhibited at Jonathan LeVine's pop-up gallery, where punk rock girls adorned in leather and spikes are painted on reclaimed wooden doors (with numbers and knobs still on them!), skateboards equipped with super spy-like adornments underneath, and other works in his classic subversice, Lower East Side punk style. — Terri Ciccone