Providence artists MICKEY ZACCHILLI and NATALJA KENT — right after being featured with Dirt Palace pals in the Museum of Modern Art's Modern Women book, a survey of great art by women over the past century — filled AS220's Project Space with giant heads, balloons, drawings of slinky ladies and bloody monsters, and strobe lights for a manic, feral, punk, goth spectacular.


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KITSCHY Corey Grayhorse's Le Tigre.
PLASTIC FANTASTIC

Cranston photographer COREY GRAYHORSE's show at AS220 featured deadpan pop surreal portraits of people in animal masks and sweaters as well as luxurious staged photographs, like one of a scantily clad lady in a pink Marie Antoinette wig kicking back at a tea party, that plumbed America's plastic, superficial heart.


ABSTRACT THINKING

In "ABSTRACTION IN PROVIDENCE" at Rhode Island College's Bannister Gallery, curator James Montford assembled Lloyd Martin's rusty, rundown urban geometries, Irene Lawrence's hovering fields of dashes, Ruth Dealy's expressionist self-portraits, Donna Bruton's biomorphic visions, and Mahler Ryder's assemblages for a snapshot of the vitality of abstract painting here.


LIFE STUDIES

JO DERY of Providence filled 5 Traverse with cartoony screenprints, animation, stuffed fabric heads, and a faux fireplace to tell an allegory about a curious raccoon and a chimney sweep haunted by turtles. The installation spoke of mystical connections between living things.

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