On the heels of his Schmagoo Paintings exhibition, Joe Bradley spent the last month curating Peanut Gallery, a new group show of what he calls "funny, intimately scaled pieces made of humble materials" for The Journal Gallery. "There's a heckler vibe to a lot of the work," says Bradley, who's assembled everything from a Miles Davis portrait by Keith Mayerson and a Eunice Kim installation of a cardboard robot face (with red and blue lightbulb eyes) to one of Dan Colen's bubble-gum-enhanced canvases, and the obviously Olivia Newton-John-inspired portrait of a "sexy Pilates instructor," left, which Bradley found on the street by his home in Greenpoint. "It's really disparate work," he adds. "There's a certain sense of humor to it, but there's not a warm embrace for the viewer. It's all tough—in a good way."
Through Jan. 9 at The Journal Gallery, 168 N. 1st St., Brooklyn, (718) 218-7148, thejrnl.com