Some lasting impressions

By GREG COOK  |  December 24, 2013

SEXY AND STRANGE Paiewonsky's 'Bitch Balls: Mentirosas.'

Dominican artist Raquel Paiewonsky filled Yellow Peril Gallery with giant beach ball breasts in July. And photos showed a naked guy wearing a strapped-on pregnant belly and naked ladies with hairy chests and armpits. All of this mulled diversity and gender, motherhood and how we’re linked by skin and touch.

Chepachet artist Paul Myoda ’s “Glittering Machines” at Yellow Peril in November prompted thoughts on our relationship with our ever more autonomous machines. The crystalline plastic animated lights threw alluringly intricate patterns across the walls, but if you got too close they flashed and jittered, as if to scare you away.

Providence artist Leigh Tarentino distilled the hush and wonder of winter nights into virtuoso black and white paintings at the Wheeler School’s Chazan Gallery in December. Houses and trees lurked in the darkness surrounding trees twinkling with Christmas lights.

The struggle to make peace with death — of a friend and an aborted baby — is the focus of “Bearing Witness,” an installation/shrine by Meredith Younger of Providence and William Schaff of Warren currently on view at 186 Carpenter in Providence (through January 30). These real losses charge the duo’s intriguing ceramic goddesses, goth images of fighting skull-headed figures, and accumulations of bones, feathers, shovels, and other fascinating things.

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