Rachel Beach: ‘GATHER-ER’;
closes on Sunday. In her solo debut, this artist seems bent on breathing new life into so-called formalist sculpture by playing a lively, possibly African-based sense of geometric angularity against subtle shifts in material, color and surface. Contrasts among new and “reclaimed” wood, silk-screened and painted textures (some of which evoke but aren’t Formica) and strips of aluminum differentiate, dissect and realign our sense of plane and edge, interior and exterior, front and side. Yellow is used to great effect. Blackston, 29C Ludlow Street, near Hester Street, Lower East Side , (212) 695-8201, blackstongallery.com. (Smith)