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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.
By: GREG COOK  |  May 14, 2014


At arm's length

Brown University's "250th Alumni Exhibition Park 2"
P hotographer Taryn Simon gets amazing access to places/
By: GREG COOK  |  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.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 30, 2014


Personal politics

Meredith Stern's 'Generations | 8 Chapters Blooming' at AS220 Project Space
M eredith Stern creates dreamy fables.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 23, 2014


Perfectly human

'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.
By: GREG COOK  |  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.
By: GREG COOK  |  April 02, 2014


Assured abstractions

"We Don't Make Mistakes" at the Chazan Gallery
“The golden age of abstraction is right now,” ARTnews informed me last spring.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 19, 2014


Common ground

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 ___ _.
By: GREG COOK  |  March 12, 2014


Local luminaries

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.”
By: GREG COOK  |  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?
By: GREG COOK  |  February 26, 2014


Maximal minimalism

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.
By: GREG COOK  |  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.
By: GREG COOK  |  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."
By: GREG COOK  |  February 05, 2014


Damaged goods

"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.
By: GREG COOK  |  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.
By: GREG COOK  |  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.
By: GREG COOK  |  January 15, 2014


Delightful and uncanny

'The Fantasy Worlds of Doug Nichols' at AS220 Project Space
It’s a great show, a masterpiece.
By: GREG COOK  |  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.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 24, 2013


Exploring otherness

"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.”
By: GREG COOK  |  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.
By: GREG COOK  |  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.
By: GREG COOK  |  December 04, 2013

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