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Aiming for transcendence

Erik Ruin creates 'Another World' at Machines With Magnets
Erik Ruin describes his print work "as existing in some kind of oscillation between my apocalyptic anxieties and my utopian yearnings."
By: GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2014

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Damaged goods

"Arlene Shechet: Meissen Recast" at the RISD Museum
I guess I should be just fine with “Meissen Recast,” Arlene Shechet’s exhibition at the RISD Museum.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 29, 2014

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Wows and flutters

'Group Show' at the Chazan Gallery
“Group Show,” as its generic name implies, is a kind of random sampler of new work by six artists.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 22, 2014

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Adventureland

'Swell' contains a bounty of riches at GRIN
“Swell,” the new group exhibition at GRIN (60 Valley St, Providence, through March 1) is a sort of choose-your-own-adventure.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 15, 2014

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Delightful and uncanny

'The Fantasy Worlds of Doug Nichols' at AS220 Project Space
It’s a great show, a masterpiece.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 08, 2014

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Some lasting impressions

Visions seared into our eyeballs in 2013
From dandy fashion and My Little Pony to anxious machines and a shrine for the dead, art around Providence both dazzled and intrigued in 2013.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 24, 2013



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Exploring otherness

"It Doesn't Show Signs of Stopping" at AS220 Project Space
“The racism, particularly how it affects black and brown people, it’s devastating,” artist Nafis White says. “And it makes me angry. Even as a woman and a black woman in Providence, I am profiled. The whole situation is infuriating.”
By: GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2013

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Life after death

William Schaff and Meredith Younger's "Bearing Witness" at 186 Carpenter
“In our culture in general, we have all these twisted ideas of how you’re supposed to deal with death,” Meredith Younger said when I visited “Bearing Witness,” a poignant art installation and a shrine to the dead.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 11, 2013

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Midnight winter wonderlands

Works by Leigh Tarentino, plus Duane Slick and Andrew Nixon
Leigh Tarentino’s paintings make you feel the hush and chill of a crisp December night. And the wonder, too.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 04, 2013

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A dazzling passage to India

Jeff and Gurli Lovinger's 'Looking East' at URI Providence
“The first thing I said to myself is, ‘This is an amazing picture. I have to get this,’ ” Jeff Lovinger recalls of his photo of a woman seated in a block-long market in Mysore, India.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 26, 2013

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Ready for their close-ups

'Andy Warhol's "Screen Tests" ' at the RISD Museum
“Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests ” showcases 20 short films he made between 1964 and ’66 of his Factory studio “superstars” and celebrated artists, writers, and musicians.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 20, 2013



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Troubled symbolism

Vincent Valdez's 'The Strangest Fruit' at Brown's Bell Gallery
A shrine — that’s how Vincent Valdez’s exhibit “The Strangest Fruit” is laid out .
By: GREG COOK  |  November 13, 2013

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Beauty and anxiety

Paul Myoda's "Glittering Machines" at Yellow Peril
Paul Myoda’s “Glittering Machines” resemble probe droids arriving from the future.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2013

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Looking inward and outward

Andrea Lynn Santos's 'Asylum' at GRIN; Stephan Brigidi's 'The City' at Gallery Z
Andrea Lynn Santos’s art feels as if it’s tuning into some secret magic in the natural world.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2013

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Scuzzy, cynical parables

Chris Kilduff's comics and works by Emily Coxe at AS220 Project Space
Chris Kilduff’s comics are scuzzy and barbed and vaguely disreputable the way punk comics are meant to be.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2013

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From we the people to land of liberty

"Making It In America" at the RISD Museum
The question of what the United States means snakes through “Making It In America” at the RISD Museum.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 16, 2013



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A sense of place

Nitkiewicz and Moses's "Dry Socket"; and works by Andrew Jacob
“Dry Socket,” Alison Nitkiewicz and Julia Moses’s installation at 186 Carpenter Street, feels like a futuristic goth cathedral erected in some sci-fi flick like, say, 'Blade Runner.'
By: GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2013

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Beds and flowers and metaphysics

Works by Leah Poller, Leslie Bostrom, and Steven Pestana
Some years back, New York artist Leah Poller was injured when a bronze sculpture she was working on fell on her. It left her temporarily bedridden, and got her thinking about what beds mean in our lives.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2013

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A visionary streak

RIC's 'Annual Faculty Exhibition'; Donnamaria Bruton at Cade Tompkins
The “Annual Faculty Exhibition” at Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery exemplifies the visionary streak apparent in an intriguing show.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 26, 2013

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Pop life

Sam Merritt at Machines with Magnets; Rebecca Adams at AS220
Fandom is the spark for Sam Merritt’s ebullient show “What Fills Our Time” at Machines With Magnets. She seems to be mulling how we find ourselves, define ourselves, and dream up ourselves based on inspirations from celebrities.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2013

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Fall Arts Preview: Vivid visions

Warhol's 'Screen Tests'; plus, graffiti owls and creepy machines
“What I liked was chunks of time all together, every real moment,” Andy Warhol wrote of his 'Screen Tests.'
By: GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2013


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