|The New York Times
Pierogi 2000, friend of unknown artists and the drawings and a primary anchor of the Williamsburg art scene, has moved to a new and larger home, next door to its old one. The exhibition square footage has remained the same, but the gallery's fabled drawing files, which now number four double stacks (all on wheels), can be sifted through without blocking the doorway, and there's an accommodating office that accommodates several works from the inaugurating show.
The show is, as usual, not limited to drawing, although its 29 artists include many whose work has been filed at Pierogi since it started in 1994. Both David C. Scher, who contributes one of his annotated inksplash drawings, and James Siena, represented by one of his radiant, obsessive line paintings, had their first solo shows in the old space. So did James Esber, represented by a work that shows him successfully making the leap from play dough on wall to paint on canvas.
Dan Devine, the sculptor who last year exhibited a car turned painstakingly inside out (really), has similarly altered a television set. Mark Lombardi is here with one of his delicate mappings of financial scandals; this one centers on the Cayman Islands. Shari Mendelson continues to merge the art of jewelry-making and sculpture, creating a hovering mobile that has the delicacy of a cloud. Dana Kane makes an impression with "According to What," using museum labels and Acoustiguide tours to parallel universes of babble.
The gallery continues its "artist of the week" display in this expanded setting. Currently featured is Jim Torok, whose "This Is a Warning" tracks some of the less charming effects of the end of the world, which many people think will arrive soon after the millennium, in endearing storyboard fashion. (2/19/99)