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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Buildings people love to hate

 Viera Levitt looks at Brutalism
 Viera Levitt looks at Brutalism
By: GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2013


A few flights of fancy

 'New Mythologies II' at Candita Clayton; 'Peaked' at Craftland
The ladies have it under control in Xander Marro's puppet dioramas exhibited in the group show "New Mythologies II" at Candita Clayton Gallery.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 29, 2013


A really big show!

 The 'RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition 2013'
This showcase of tomorrow's-art-stars-today is both invigorating and overwhelming, with work by 194 students.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 21, 2013


Clothes make the man

'Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion' at the RISD Museum
What does it mean to be a man? That's the question at the heart of this smart, sumptuous exhibit — one of the best shows in the region this year.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 13, 2013


Merry pranksters

The Bruce High Quality Foundation at Brown
Parked out front of Brown University's gray modernist Granoff Center on a recent sunny morning were one of those 15-foot-tall inflatable rats that unions install in front of businesses they're protesting and a limousine sloppily painted to resemble a yellow and black school bus.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 07, 2013


Altered images

Jacqueline Frole's 'Family Room' at AS220; J.A. Segal at Craftland
Among the handsome Washington Street storefronts of AS220's renovated Mercantile Block building, with their neo-old-timey signs, is the residents' entrance to the building. It is against AS220's religion to leave any space empty that can be filled with art. So the lobby is the AS220 Resident Gallery, which occupants of the building take turns filling with their stuff.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 30, 2013

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