First-Friday Hit list

The paintings of Lawrence-based Molly Murphy have a scratchy, textural quality, a visual dryness underlying the often lush tendrils of foliage and ornate linework that surround her figures — masked wrestlers, middle-aged nudes, Madonnas. Tonight she opens Spatial Constructions, an exhibit of work at BNIM Architects in the historic Power and Light Building at 106 West 14th Street. The paintings, drawings, multimedia collages and textual works (which explore issues of environmental degradation and personal morality) will be displayed in the building’s windows through the summer. For more information, see mollymurphyartwork.com.— Chris Packham

Aug. 6-Sept. 20, 2010