Tax dollars at work

By GREG COOK  |  February 10, 2010

Jessica Ciocci, who has worked as part of the local art collaborative Paper Rad, fills a wall with her bright abstract marker drawings on graph paper. They feature dazzling, vibrating, pixilated stripes, zigzags and other patterns. They look like radioactive Rainbow Brite television static.

Jungil Hong presents four psychedelic surreal screenprints. Corn stalks sprout hearts. Birds pour out of a smoking hole in a deck. Houses float atop tangles of roots. These compositions feel a bit pinched and awkward compared to the larger, more graceful, and expansive works she has exhibited in recent years, but Hong continues to impress with her mix of striking imagery, Asian stylization, and hot fluorescent colors.

Other artists concentrate on making their materials sing. Joshua Enck bends strips of ash wood into a delicately curving spare tower titled Piraeus that resembles the framing for an airplane wing. Lloyd Martin of North Providence makes large abstract paintings that recall early Frank Stella, with echoes of the painted and repainted walls of long-used buildings.

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