VIVID Buzelli’s ICON 7: Drawn Together.
Big Nazo founder and "creature-creation" teacher Erminio Pinque's Skull-bot is a giant skeleton puppet-costume made out of painted foam, rubber latex, and wood. It has glowing red eyes, an evil fanged smile, and bloody guts hanging down from its rib cage. It's designed for a performer to strap it on like a backpack and Velcro on the arms and be ready to haunt a parade. Jesse Thompson who, like Pinque teaches in the film, animation, and video department, offers his gray cast resin Dress-Up: Big Foot. With impressively detailed realism, the sculpture depicts a prepubescent girl sliding a giant, gnarled human foot over her own. It mines horror show humor out of the contrast between the girl's smooth naked skin and the Frankenstein's monster foot. Is it just me, though, or is it weird (unnecessary?) to so specifically render the elementary school girl's private parts?

Painting teacher Howie Chen's Untitled (United Toward Individualism), which he apparently made with the help of 16 other folks (a class of students?), is a yellow T-shirt reading "Hurley RISD" stretched over a square made from wooden painting supports. It leans against the gallery wall in a dim corner radiating bemused weirdness. And painting teacher Angela Dufresne's video The Man That Got Away/My Only Child, which features her naked and clothed in bed, in a library, wading in a culvert, in the woods, and fishing as she sings about some lost love is another good gonzo curveball.

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