But many are straight up, heartfelt earnestness — made with felt. Lois Harada's orange-green dotted colorblind test chart reveals a heart. Or is our love colorblind? Hilary Treadwell's Cupid's Chalkboard is an arrow with a piece of chalk for the point and pink and blue felt fletchings plus a slate heart chalkboard. Eling Chang's cuts felt into designs of a couple of cute bears in a pea pod for Two Peas in a Pod.

This pure, heartwarming earnestness is perhaps the most striking thing about the show. Pippi Zornoza depicts a crying woman with chained hands amidst an interlace pattern in her silver glitter screenprint on black paper titled I Shall Not Forgive Betrayal. And Ian Cozzens's Ambivalent Valentine is a pink-on-pink design reading "What." But heartbreak or non-coupledom are mostly left unspoken — despite so, so many tantalizing wiseass comic possibilities. Delia Kovac embroiders a 1971 letter from artist Nancy Spero to the critic Lucy Lippard, both feminist activists, into a yellow banner: "NY Oct 29/Dear Lucy/The enemies of women's liberation in the arts/will be crushed./love,/Nancy." Even when something like gender equality comes up the show is unafraid to wear its heart on its sleeve.

Read Greg Cook's blog at gregcookland.com/journal.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Museum And Gallery , Museums, Alec Thibodeau, Art,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   EVOLVING PERSPECTIVES  |  July 23, 2014
    Somewhere around the 1950s, Florence Leif drastically changed her style.
  •   DOODLES, LIGHTS, AND DREAMS  |  July 16, 2014
    Gibson Prouty has found a muse — classic yellow pencils with pink erasers on the end.
  •   SEEING ANEW  |  July 09, 2014
    The aim of the RISD Museum’s eight newly renovated galleries for its permanent collection of fashion and Egyptian and Asian art seems to be “quiet contemplation.”
  •   BRIGHTNESS AND DARKNESS  |  June 25, 2014
    Constellations of mirror ball clouds dangle from the ceiling on pink cords at the center of the room and slowly rotate and sparkle. You’re invited to peer though weird, lumpy crystal-telescope-things.
  •   FIGHTING THE POWER  |  June 18, 2014
    It was around 1983 when Providence artist James Montford and a friend posed as photographers to check out the Ku Klux Klan rally in Norwalk, Connecticut.

 See all articles by: GREG COOK