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UNCANNY RITUAL Barboza-Gubo’s Cervus, Transformatio.

While Tompkins is featuring a RISD teacher, Rhode Island College's Bannister Gallery (600 Mount Pleasant Ave, Providence, through September 26) offers its "Annual Faculty Exhibition." As a group, these teachers lean toward realism — or magical realism. New here is Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo, who contributes a few striking drawings in various paints, pencil, and "artist's blood" on translucent layered sheets of paper. Proelium, The Reflection (the title means "fight") shows sad eyes staring out at us from a human head skinned down to its meaty muscles. Below, a dog or wolf head seems to stare up at the face. Cervus, Transformatio depicts a deer with translucent skin that reveals the skull and spine inside. Its limbs are a human's arms and legs, as if the person is turning into the deer, or perhaps wearing a deerskin as costume. Both works feel like fleshy, visceral depictions of uncanny ritual.

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CONDENSED AND CHARGED Russell’s Intonation #203.

Lisa Russell continues making small abstract paintings driven by condensed charged brushwork. Stephen Fisher offers a charcoal, graphite, Prismacolor, and wash drawing of a tiny tree in a birdcage and a fan set on a shiny tile counter before window blinds. He's playing the photographic-realist's game of adding more rhymes — the wire fan, the wire cage, the blinds — and reflections to dazzlingly up the ante.

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