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Troubled symbolism

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 .
By: GREG COOK  |  November 13, 2013

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Beauty and anxiety

Paul Myoda's "Glittering Machines" at Yellow Peril
Paul Myoda’s “Glittering Machines” resemble probe droids arriving from the future.
By: GREG COOK  |  November 06, 2013

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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 30, 2013

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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 23, 2013

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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 16, 2013

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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.'
By: GREG COOK  |  October 09, 2013



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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2013

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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 26, 2013

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Pop life

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.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2013

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Fall Arts Preview: Vivid visions

Warhol's 'Screen Tests'; plus, graffiti owls and creepy machines
“What I liked was chunks of time all together, every real moment,” Andy Warhol wrote of his 'Screen Tests.'
By: GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2013

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A master, remembered

'Thomas Sgouros: Drawn to Paint,' at Woods-Gerry
In the early 1990s, Thomas Sgouros began to lose his sight. He had been an illustrator and a painter of fine art landscapes and still lifes. Macular degeneration would be the end of many artists’ work, but as the center of his vision failed and he was left with just snatches of peripheral vision, he launched on a new series of paintings in 1992.
By: GREG COOK  |  September 11, 2013



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Ocean statement

'Locally Sourced' keeps it light at Craftland
How do we define local art? It seems like a simple question, but immediately you start asking: Must it be made here? By artists who live here? Do you include art made by folks who live in, say, New York but teach at RISD? Or art made by people who grew up here? Or once lived here?
By: GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2013

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More is less

RISD's 'Locally Made' only scratches the surface
If the RISD Museum’s “Locally Made” is a warm-up for a more significant engagement with art made around these parts, then I’m okay with it.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 28, 2013

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Captivating concepts

Provocative new work at Grin and Yellow Peril
Getting immersed in a sense of ritual and the physical drama of elemental forces in tension.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 21, 2013

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Fantasy and reality

Mary Jane Begin's ponies and McDonald Wright's jazz
'My Little Pony: Under the Sparkling Sea' is the story Mary Jane Begin was born to illustrate.
By: GREG COOK  |  August 14, 2013

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Our fair ladies

'The American Muse' at the National Museum of American Illustration
The “Gibson Girls” — with wan expressions across their chiseled profiles, with their wavy hair piled atop their heads, with their fresh sporty attire and wasp waists — became icons of the Gilded Age bookending the start of the 20th century.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 31, 2013



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A sensational sampler

'NetWorks 2011/2012' at the Newport Art Museum
The exhibit is a primary record of the cream of Rhode Island artists of our era.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 24, 2013

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Beyond skin deep

Raquel Paiewonsky at Yellow Peril; Kelli Rae Adams at the Granoff Center
The giant fabric breasts clustered on the floor are the first thing you notice when you visit Raquel Paiewonsky’s great show, “im propia,” at Yellow Peril Gallery.
By: GREG COOK  |  July 09, 2013

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How about them apples?

Xander Marro's utopian vision at Craftland
Glittery, smiling, papier-mâché apples walking in high-heeled, lace-up boots greet you at the start of Xander Marro’s exhibit, “Foot Apple Parade,” at Craftland.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 26, 2013

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Calming and exciting

Bartlett Wright catches the wave; Washington's gothic romance
“This is the largest height outdoor mural that I’ve painted, and I’ve been painting murals for 25 years." Amy Bartlett Wright i s talking about the four-story-tall crashing waves she’s painting on the wall above Coastway Community Bank’s parking lot at 180 Washington St. in Providence.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 18, 2013

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The buzz of creativity

 RHD-RI's 'Artless'; Gilheeney and Hastings at Candita Clayton
Joe Pastore is a “Juggalo,” according to his brief artist biography for the exhibit “Artless: Rhode Island Outsider Art with RHD-RI” 186 Carpenter St. Gallery in Providence. His bio supports this by including a photo of him in a hoodie professing his allegiance to the horror-hip-hop rap duo Insane Clown Posse.
By: GREG COOK  |  June 11, 2013


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