What's in a name?

By GREG COOK  |  February 12, 2014

Wendy Seller is another artist mining history. In her exhibit “Visual Metaphors” at Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery (600 Mt. Pleasant Ave, Providence, through February 19), she digitally manipulates Renaissance paintings of lovely women and angels as well as images of the overgrown ruins of old stone buildings. Her technique involves shifting scales, cutting things out and cutting things up, layering colors, adding floating flowers and leaves. At times, especially with the building images, she paints into the scenes. The results are often crystalline and dreamlike and very sweet. Yet they feel quite close to her sources, like what’s attracting us to these images is what the Old Masters did more than what she has added. Which is the question of sampling in any field: Has the artist transformed the original sources enough to make the piece their own?

Follow Greg Cook on Twitter @AestheticResear.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
| 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