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Creativity turned inside out
Dean Snyder's sculptural reinventions at Cade Tompkins
There’s a sneaky, sinister intelligence behind the seductive gorgeousness of Dean Snyder’s recent sculptures of pitcher-plant-like blooms and alien pods and oozing swamps.
| May 14, 2014
At arm's length
Brown University's "250th Alumni Exhibition Park 2"
P hotographer Taryn Simon gets amazing access to places/
| May 07, 2014
Razzle-dazzle and bedazzled
McPherson's 'Hot Salad' and Wester's 'DISCOurse #1: Pinup'
One of the things that still gets me about how we tell the history of art of the past century or so in America is how New York-centric it remains.
| April 30, 2014
Meredith Stern's 'Generations | 8 Chapters Blooming' at AS220 Project Space
M eredith Stern creates dreamy fables.
| April 23, 2014
'Graphic Design: Now In Production' at the RISD Museum
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.
| April 16, 2014
The last frontier
'Buried Ice' at 186 Carpenter
They say that temperatures in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica haven’t been above freezing in millennia.
| April 02, 2014
"We Don't Make Mistakes" at the Chazan Gallery
“The golden age of abstraction is right now,” ARTnews informed me last spring.
| March 19, 2014
Alumni at Brown's Bell Gallery, and "Selfies & Friends" at Cade Tompkins
“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 ___ _.
| March 12, 2014
The '2014 RISCA Fellowship Exhibition'
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.”
| March 05, 2014
Twisted toy story
Jennifer Avery's '(numb)Charlottes' at Yellow Peril Gallery
What is it that makes creepy dolls so freaky cool?
| February 26, 2014
Jane Masters and Jacqueline Ott's 'Fractured/Captured' at the Chazan Gallery
Can art be too perfect? That’s one of the questions I found myself pondering at “Fractured/Captured,” an exhibit by local artists Jane Masters and Jacqueline Ott.
| February 19, 2014
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
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