Follow Friday: 5 Galleries Offer Everything From Street Art to Experimental Photography

This week’s Follow Friday brings you five galleries that are both geographically and thematically eclectic. With a diverse range of artists, curatorial strategies, and media, there’s guaranteed to be something here for everyone.
Focusing on both emerging and established photographers, Little Big Man aims to experiment with photo-based art, pushing the boundaries of the medium; the gallery also has an artist book publishing outlet of the same name. Among the gallery’s artists are Stacy Kranitz, who captures the hedonistic chaos of rural punk life in Appalachia, and Jason Nocito, whose works, both personal and surreal, employ ironic humor and bizarre scenes for creative effect. Little Big Man recently exhibited the work of Motoyuki Daifu, whose autobiographical photos deal with family and Japanese cultural identity.
With a specialization in street art and the art of the underground, London-based StolenSpace asserts its subcultural spirit with artists like Raymon Maiden, whose use of ink and appropriated images is rooted in tattoo culture, and Word To Mother, whose cartoon-influenced graffiti paintings echo everything from Basquiat to Nickelodeon. On view until August 31st is “Louder Than Words,” showcasing the stencil-influenced politically charged work of artist Luke Cornish, who goes by the name ELK.
Based in San Francisco’s Union Square and focusing on contemporary European and American artists, this gallery presents nine solo exhibitions annually and boasts works by Jim Dine and Marilyn Minter, as well as an impressive roster of represented artists. Among them are the evocative sculptural human forms of Tor Archer, the spectral musical paintings of Tim Bavington, and fantastical photorealism of Anna Halldin Maule.
Founded in 2006, this relatively young NYC gallery specializes in photography. Its collection of works and artists spans many decades and disciplines within the medium, from the sewn-over and embroidered found family photos of Carolle Benitah, to the reflective profile portraits of David Zimmerman. The gallery hosts six exhibitions per year and recently showed the work of Barry Underwood, whose photographic technique involves experimenting with light and time lapses to create a mystical and otherworldly result.
Located in a two-level, 4,000-square-foot space in Tribeca (formerly the home to the nightclub Area), this gallery has a strong international focus, with special emphasis on Middle Eastern art. Currently on view is “Fixed Unknowns,” a group exhibition including works from conceptual photographers Shirana Shahbazi and Hannah Whitaker. Other artists on Taymour Grahne’s roster are Tagreed Darghouth, whose paintings deal with the grim side of modernity, and Corey Escoto, who uses polaroid photographs and stencils as reference points to produce elaborate retrofuturist sculptures.