Nathan Cordero at Temple
The air’s frigid chill this time of year means abbreviated hours for many art galleries around town. Enter Temple Fine Coffee and Tea: open 365 days a year, with hot, addictive beverages and Nathan Cordero’s artwork on the walls (until January 3). The prolific Cordero is no waster. Always on the lookout for discarded wood, he repurposes dumped timber, carves and paints it, often in the shade of eggshell white, with his signature cigarettes, beer cans, block letters and now masked figures. His figures are often just outlines, eschewing details and letting the subject—sometimes just one word—speak for itself. His clever reuse of Ping-Pong paddles and assemblage of a crutch with racquet frames are the Hanukkah gifts you wish you had received. 1014 10th Street, (916) 443-4960.