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What's in a name?
Agata Michalowska and Andrew Oesch seek order in a chaotic world
Underlying “The Primers For the Naming and Un-Naming of Things,” Agata Michalowska and Andrew Oesch’s installation at AS220’s Project Space, are questions about words.
| February 12, 2014
Aiming for transcendence
Erik Ruin creates 'Another World' at Machines With Magnets
Erik Ruin describes his print work "as existing in some kind of oscillation between my apocalyptic anxieties and my utopian yearnings."
| February 05, 2014
"Arlene Shechet: Meissen Recast" at the RISD Museum
I guess I should be just fine with “Meissen Recast,” Arlene Shechet’s exhibition at the RISD Museum.
| January 29, 2014
Wows and flutters
'Group Show' at the Chazan Gallery
“Group Show,” as its generic name implies, is a kind of random sampler of new work by six artists.
| January 22, 2014
'Swell' contains a bounty of riches at GRIN
“Swell,” the new group exhibition at GRIN (60 Valley St, Providence, through March 1) is a sort of choose-your-own-adventure.
| January 15, 2014
Delightful and uncanny
'The Fantasy Worlds of Doug Nichols' at AS220 Project Space
It’s a great show, a masterpiece.
| January 08, 2014
Some lasting impressions
Visions seared into our eyeballs in 2013
From dandy fashion and My Little Pony to anxious machines and a shrine for the dead, art around Providence both dazzled and intrigued in 2013.
| December 24, 2013
"It Doesn't Show Signs of Stopping" at AS220 Project Space
“The racism, particularly how it affects black and brown people, it’s devastating,” artist Nafis White says. “And it makes me angry. Even as a woman and a black woman in Providence, I am profiled. The whole situation is infuriating.”
| December 18, 2013
Life after death
William Schaff and Meredith Younger's "Bearing Witness" at 186 Carpenter
“In our culture in general, we have all these twisted ideas of how you’re supposed to deal with death,” Meredith Younger said when I visited “Bearing Witness,” a poignant art installation and a shrine to the dead.
| December 11, 2013
Midnight winter wonderlands
Works by Leigh Tarentino, plus Duane Slick and Andrew Nixon
Leigh Tarentino’s paintings make you feel the hush and chill of a crisp December night. And the wonder, too.
| December 04, 2013
A dazzling passage to India
Jeff and Gurli Lovinger's 'Looking East' at URI Providence
“The first thing I said to myself is, ‘This is an amazing picture. I have to get this,’ ” Jeff Lovinger recalls of his photo of a woman seated in a block-long market in Mysore, India.
| November 26, 2013
Ready for their close-ups
'Andy Warhol's "Screen Tests" ' at the RISD Museum
“Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests ” showcases 20 short films he made between 1964 and ’66 of his Factory studio “superstars” and celebrated artists, writers, and musicians.
| November 20, 2013
Vincent Valdez's 'The Strangest Fruit' at Brown's Bell Gallery
A shrine — that’s how Vincent Valdez’s exhibit “The Strangest Fruit” is laid out .
| November 13, 2013
Beauty and anxiety
Paul Myoda's "Glittering Machines" at Yellow Peril
Paul Myoda’s “Glittering Machines” resemble probe droids arriving from the future.
| November 06, 2013
Looking inward and outward
Andrea Lynn Santos's 'Asylum' at GRIN; Stephan Brigidi's 'The City' at Gallery Z
Andrea Lynn Santos’s art feels as if it’s tuning into some secret magic in the natural world.
| October 30, 2013
Scuzzy, cynical parables
Chris Kilduff's comics and works by Emily Coxe at AS220 Project Space
Chris Kilduff’s comics are scuzzy and barbed and vaguely disreputable the way punk comics are meant to be.
| October 23, 2013
From we the people to land of liberty
"Making It In America" at the RISD Museum
The question of what the United States means snakes through “Making It In America” at the RISD Museum.
| October 16, 2013
A sense of place
Nitkiewicz and Moses's "Dry Socket"; and works by Andrew Jacob
“Dry Socket,” Alison Nitkiewicz and Julia Moses’s installation at 186 Carpenter Street, feels like a futuristic goth cathedral erected in some sci-fi flick like, say, 'Blade Runner.'
| October 09, 2013
Beds and flowers and metaphysics
Works by Leah Poller, Leslie Bostrom, and Steven Pestana
Some years back, New York artist Leah Poller was injured when a bronze sculpture she was working on fell on her. It left her temporarily bedridden, and got her thinking about what beds mean in our lives.
| October 02, 2013
A visionary streak
RIC's 'Annual Faculty Exhibition'; Donnamaria Bruton at Cade Tompkins
The “Annual Faculty Exhibition” at Rhode Island College’s Bannister Gallery exemplifies the visionary streak apparent in an intriguing show.
| September 26, 2013
Sam Merritt at Machines with Magnets; Rebecca Adams at AS220
Fandom is the spark for Sam Merritt’s ebullient show “What Fills Our Time” at Machines With Magnets. She seems to be mulling how we find ourselves, define ourselves, and dream up ourselves based on inspirations from celebrities.
| September 18, 2013
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