The outside world

By GREG COOK  |  March 3, 2010

ATTENTION TO LIGHT Moore’s New Hampshire Series (a).

Metcalf makes soft ink and acrylic drawings of giant waterfalls. In each one, blue lines of water cascade between gray ink hillsides. They're inspired by postcards, photos and visits to Columbia Gorge in Oregon, but they feel generic because Metcalf has trimmed away too many of the specifics of the place, the details that you need to make these sort of landscapes crackle.

The show is rounded out by a single photo, backlit on a lightbox, by Brooke Hammerle of Providence. For some years, she's trained her lens on a pond, producing photos that gaze through surrounding foliage toward the pond's reflecting waters. Here she cuts out the surrounding stuff, and pushes toward abstraction by focusing only on what looks like dark wavy water reflecting trees. One photo isn't much to go on, but in this one she hasn't yet found a way to make that abstraction distinctive enough to grab us.

Read Greg Cook's blog at

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Museum And Gallery , Entertainment, Art Galleries, Wheeler School,  More more >
| More

Most Popular
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   BEAUTY AND RUIN  |  July 30, 2014
    You’ve surely seen Providence painter Agustín Patiño’s work.
  •   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.

 See all articles by: GREG COOK