The last RISD faculty biennial in 2009 felt adrift. The artists were technically skilled but seemed to have little to say. This show feels sharper. Both the form and content often impress, and at times even inspire.

Three Providence artists are featured in "Urbania: Flora Y Fauna" at West Side Arts (745 Westminster Street, Providence, through March 12). Anna Jane Kocon makes catchy, crafty cut paper collages of chickens and tigers. Jyll Ethier-Mullen paints flat, whimsical images, somewhere between graffiti and children's book illustration, of cute deer and tigers on painterly backgrounds. And Corey Grayhorse stages fashion-inspired photos of a woman hugging a guy in a bunny mask in bed, a kid waving a toy pistol and riding a stuffed horse as the nanny screams, and a woman straddling a stuffed toy tiger on an antique sofa like an eccentric burlesque dancer. It's a fun, bright, pop show.

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