Mates-Leather-Project_main
EVOCATIVE Dunham’s Mates Leather Project.

Speaking of realms, AS220 expands downtown once again — albeit temporarily — with "Delicate Shudder," an exhibit of two Providence artists in a pop-up space at 231 Westminster Street (through May 12). Maralie Armstrong-Rial, who does booking for AS220, mixes original and found footage in sexy surreal videos and photos. In the video Strict, a woman in lingerie holding a riding crop dances, nuns cut a woman's hair, anonymous hands hold a rosary, and the dancing woman's body turns into a kaleidoscope of legs, all to buzzing synthesized music that gives it the feel of an '80s music video. Untitled, 2 features what looks to be found video of mysterious women walking around in fur coats with just lingerie underneath, including two women who pet each other's fur coats. Frames freeze and stutter, a bit like scratched DVDs. Armstrong-Rial seems to be still developing her aesthetic, but she creates a furtive, erotic, and bit paranoid mood that feels something like our collective unconscious memories of early MTV and late night Skinemax cable B-movies recalled via YouTube.

Dana Dunham presents half a dozen black-and-white, 4x5 studio camera photos of his parents, bearded fellows from Provincetown, and a person in an elaborate bondage mask. Such subjects are perhaps overly familiar territory, but the handsome large prints evoke the 19th-century photos of Julia Margaret Cameron with perhaps undercurrents of Joel-Peter Witkin. And the heads and nude bodies seem to emerge out of the prints' scuffed, drippy darkness into states of stress or ecstasy.

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Museum And Gallery , Museums, AS220, AS220,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY GREG COOK
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   PERFECTLY HUMAN  |  April 16, 2014
    Sometimes I think you can understand everything about our society today by considering it through two themes — the perfection of technology versus the messily human handmade.
  •   THE LAST FRONTIER  |  April 02, 2014
    They say that temperatures in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica haven’t been above freezing in millennia.
  •   ASSURED ABSTRACTIONS  |  March 19, 2014
    “The golden age of abstraction is right now,” ARTnews informed me last spring.
  •   COMMON GROUND  |  March 12, 2014
    “I did everything in the world to keep this from happening,” exclaims the assistant to the rich man in Kerry Tribe’s There Will Be ___ _.
  •   LOCAL LUMINARIES  |  March 05, 2014
    Reenacting a childhood photo, portraits of fabulous old ladies, and dollhouse meditations on architecture are among the artworks featured in the “2014 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition.”

 See all articles by: GREG COOK