2/25/15

Coming Soon

It has been quite a winter! Providence Art Windows will start changing over art installations starting the second week of March. Check back soon to see what has popped up in and around downtown Providence. An exciting new addition will be a window on Weybosset Street in the Arcade.

The Arcade, Weybosset Street

Judd Schiffman





About the artist and the work

The most fundamental and difficult question a person can ask him or herself is “Who Am I?” It is challenging to truly know another person, and yet I think it is even more difficult to know oneself. We are all composed of a combination of culture, personality, family upbringing, past experiences, and genetics. These qualities inform the way we think about, experience and interpret the world. History can feel inescapable but how much of that history is true and if we can slip away, what are we left with? My work concentrates on the nuances of the question, “Who am I?” with a primary interest in the way that Jewish American culture constructs identity. Referring to information gathered in literature, art, film, television and history, I investigate the expressions of Jewish culture and how these values are perceived and demonstrated in society. Among other sources, my imagery is found in memories, episodes of Seinfeld and stories that my grandparents have told me and translated into pieces that appear to have been thoroughly touched. The touching is essential in delineating a reality from a memory, a stereotype from a truth. I am never searching to get it right, but am always hoping to expose another layer.

Judd's work will be on view during the NCECA conference.

"The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) is a dynamic, 501(c)3 organization that engages and sustains a community for ceramic art, teaching and learning. In addition to deepening knowledge within the field, NCECA expands it by working to cultivate the next generation of ceramic artists and enthusiasts through programing that affects professional artists, K-12 schools, community centers, universities, museums, galleries, businesses, organizations, collectors and enthusiasts of ceramic art. Currently comprised of approximately 4,000 members from the United States and more than 20 foreign countries, NCECA reaches thousands of additional individuals each year through its programs, publications, events, exhibitions and resources.

NCECA cultivates and sustains networks for reflective and creative practice through an annual conference, special interest symposia, and national and regional exhibitions. NCECA’s annual conference features dozens of presenters, demonstrations networking opportunities and exhibitions over three and a half days each spring, each year in a different US city. NCECA’s Board of Directors and special appointees review hundreds of proposals for sessions and exhibitions gathered through open calls for submissions.  Sponsored exhibitions include the NCECA Biennial, the NCECA Invitational and the National Student Juried Exhibition. In conjunction with the NCECA-sponsored exhibitions the organization also reviews, sites and promotes nearly 100 concurrent exhibitions in the host region surrounding the annual conference."

URI Providence Campus Library

In and Out of the Thickets by Liliya Krys
March 2-28 Gallery Night Reception March 19th from 5-9pm.




Now a local artists and professor of Studio Art, of her artwork and specifically the 14 works in the URI Providence Campus Library windows, Liliya Krys says:
“I spent my early youth on one of the Kuril Islands named Iturup. My town was built at the base of a sleeping volcano, with a view of the Pacific Ocean, and all the stark beauty of nature. Proximity to nature was not an occasional pleasure, but an everyday event. Often we would go into the deep wilderness just for the heck of it. I always wondered why pushing through the debris of deadfall, passing over mountain rivers, and getting stuck in the marsh excite me? The physical strain, scratches and falls, the cold, heat, and sweat, the basic fear of the unknown, and the pleasure of overcoming it taken altogether, awaken the senses. I could experience a vivid sense of place, and of being alive. Previously, I was looking for a better understanding of the human condition while working with the figure. But that understanding has manifested itself in the form of landscape. The structure of the woods, direction, and passages resound like the bone structure of the human body. I have found the connection. The still remembered wild roots of humanity reveals itself through the landscape. The insights landscape gave me, transitioned into my intimate involvement into space. This space fractures from abstract to representative, from color to being mute, from drawing to painting. My aim here is to create an intimate dialogue of my inner and outer worlds of memory and present, along with the conversation between the media of drawing and painting.”
All exhibits and events are free and open to the public.
URI Providence Campus Library Window Gallery on Washington

11/22/14







New works by Johnny Adimando in the renewed Eddy Street window and fiber art by Michelle Leavitt  will be installed in these two windows by December 2. Illustrator Mary Jane Begin fills the University of RI Library window as part of a larger exhibition inside the URI Gallery related to  ART AND HEALING:REMEMBERING CHRISTIANE CORBAT–THE WORK CONTINUES. Please print the map, see more information about the artists below, and enjoy the walk. Other windows will be changing later in winter.

Two Brothers Beauty Supply, Eddy Street



Johnny Adimando returns with new works on paper. More information coming soon. The installation will be installed by December 2, 2014. Above is the work in progress.


Night Carriers I (The Red Circadian)
2015
Mixed media on paper and mylar 
50" x 79"


About the Work
I learned the camouflaging properties of beauty, the navigation of intricately organized spaces, and the virtues of cleanliness and order at an early age.  At this time, I was also made to understand the existence of the omnipresent “other.” As such, the images in my work are decidedly labyrinthine, implying a constantly shifting-scale, referencing the shuttle cockpit, religious conclave, and burial chamber. The visual dynamic is one of complex symmetry, coordinated patterns, and elaborate constructions that form symbiosis with spectral visions and occult symbology.

I believe the world; as we know it, is a panopticon, and the “divine” is an ever-present watchman. Through my work, I explore the good-intentioned processes of self-imprisonment by way of dogma, fear, and morality. I am interested in this notion of the pursuit of perfection while under surveillance, and I continue to explore the confounding notion that servitude to any outside source can truly function in an ever-expanding universe. 

About the Artist
Johnny currently lives and works in Providence, RI.

Johnny Adimando is currently part-time faculty in the departments of Painting and Printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has also served on the Printmaking faculty at the Montserrat College of Art and Bucknell University.  Adimando earned his BFA (’05) from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and MFA (’09) from the Rhode Island School of Design.  He is the recipient of several major awards including a two-year fellowship and artist residency at Bucknell University (’05-’07), the Temple Rome Grant, a Frogman’s Print and Paper Workshop scholarship, and most recently, a Faculty Professional Development Grant from RISD.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is held by public and private collections including ; Philadelphia Free Library, Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University, and Tower Investments Gallery in Philadelphia, PA.  His work also appears in a multitude of national print exchange projects and flat file programs.  He is currently represented by Diane Birdsall Gallery in Old Lyme, CT and Yellow Peril Gallery in Providence, RI.

Adimando’s practice is defined by a focus on intense detail, technical proficiency, and the harmonious mixture of various mediums.  His work does not subscribe to one particular convention; bridging dedicated engagement with various print media processes into photography, sculpture, and video.  It has been described as “art that speaks to a constantly shifting and material reality.”

For more on Johnny Adimano’s work, please go to johnnyadimando.com




RI Housing


Michele Leavitt textiles

Installing in the window December 2. More information coming soon.


Michele Leavitt

Soft Shoes
reverse applique quilt with t-shirts
60” x 44” 


About the Work
Cotton knit material behaves in interesting ways.  Here, several tee shirts are cut to create two squares, the colors are shuffled and layered.  The shoes - which are mine, my boys,' and their friends shoes - are 'drawn' on via machine stitching and then cut to reveal the images in color.


About the Artist 
Problem solving is at the core of my practice, as ideas arise, I explore my media for the best ways to express these. The whole work becomes a challenge both in technical and pictorial terms. My work evolves from the available materials, the technical challenges, and my love of experimentation. Materials include paint and canvas, paper and pencil, watercolor, and especially collage and textiles. I did study art academically while I never had sewing lessons, instead I’ve made up techniques according to pictorial needs. The works express my personal reflections on living here now.

On her fiber art:
“Exploring these art forms for adaptation to new uses or another style intrigues me.  For instance, there are several textiles in this category I fondly call frazzlin' appliques.  My mom used the word frazzlin' to indicate a small frayed snippet of fabric.  Here, frazzling scrapes of fabric - saved over decades as too interesting to toss out - are combined to describe familiar landscapes.  Quilting, my original form of creative play, adapts to both pictorial and abstract applications.

The word frazzle is distantly related to the word fringe.  The fringe is the end of the carpet or other textile where the fibers come apart into individual strands. This leads to the next group of works,  hand knotted carpets.”

For more on Michele’s work, please go to michelleavitt.com






URI Providence Campus Library





ART AND HEALING:REMEMBERING CHRISTIANE CORBAT–
THE WORK CONTINUES November 3- December 12th.
Art and Healing Round Table November 13th  in the Paff Auditorium
Gallery Reception November 20th from with Performances by:
Tenderloin Opera, along with music, dance, inspired words, a group of Prayer Shawl knitters, and interactive expressive arts activities.
A multimedia exhibit of healing artists – fine artists, art therapists and rehabilitative artists, expressive artists - representing the use of art in healing, inspiring, transforming and overcoming illnesses.
The exhibit features the work of: the late Christiane Corbat, Mary Jane Began, and Cynthia Packard with Mary Ellen Benoit, Diana Boehnert, Mary Jane Condon Bohlen, Carol Conley, the late Sr. Corita Kent, Bill Comeau, Pam Cruze, Barbara Cunha, Cynthia F. Davidson, Sandy DeLuca, Tamara Diaz Ted DiLucia, Nichole Donje, Melanie Ducharme, Lilian Engel, Isabelle Engel, Ana Flores, Susan E. Fox, Barbara Ganim, Ginny Fox and the Peace Flag Project , Susan Fossati, Ricky Gagnon, John Irwin, Kathy Horridge Kenney, Linda King, Michael Lapointe, Nora Lewis, Maaza, Saberah Malik, David Morse, Linda Phelan, Joanne Phillips, Lenka Kohoutova, Carol Rodi, Lynn Rosario, Barbara Rosenbaum, Erin Smithers, Karin Sprague, Sandy Salzillo-Shield, Donald Talbot, Jennifer Stratton, Rosemary Warburton; Munir Mohammed for Diocese of Providence, International Gallery for Heritage and Culture, and Mathewson Street Church/Headsup Inc; along with art, materials and information from the Rhode Island Department of Health Smoking Cessation Program.

In the Window: Mary Jane Begin

9/2/14

URI Providence Campus Library

Love Letters, or Other People’s Problems 

Installation Exhibit By Jacqueline Sylvia


September 2-26, 2014

Love Letters, or Other People’s Problems, investigates vulnerabilities of humanness.  Some such themes include the uncanny, environments of sarcasm, and the need to escape. Paranoia as a function reveals new forms of reality and the resistance to closure.  Paintings, sculpture, and assemblage are physical and often-supernatural gestures that are of my own created reality.  Apparitions, words, compiling tangible parts, challenge us.  But really, is it about other peoples’ problems or was it love all along?

7/13/14

Summer Map


Providence Art Windows and URI Feinstein Providence Campus Arts and Culture Program are participating in several summer conferences related to fiber. We welcome the Handweaver's Guild of America participants in Convergence,  with embroidery and fiber-related installations by by Samantha Fields, Corey Grayhorse, Ricki Katowicz and William Schaff.



In the URI Feinstein Campus Arts and Culture Library is Weaving Providence Together, from July 8-August 8, 2014. There will be a Gallery Night Reception July 17, 5-9pm, with a weaving demonstration of weaving, spinning, and fiber preparation. 


URI Providence Campus 1st and 2nd floor Gallery 80 Washington Street Providence. Hours: M-TH 9-9, F&S 9-4 closed Sunday (evening and weekend summer hours may vary) uri.artsandculture@gmail.com  www.uri.edu/prov/arts


And a lovely review by Greg Cook in the Phoenix.

4/14/14

URI Feinstein Providence Campus



URI Feinstein Providence Campus Arts and Culture Program Presents:

Weaving Providence Together

curated by Jan Doyle, David Lima and Richard Muto



Selected fiber works by the weavers, spinners, and dyers of the Octagon House. The Octagon House is located in Carolina, RI and houses the Carolina Fiber and Fiction Center which offers a master weaving program under Jan Doyle, spinning instruction with Richard Muto, and for those who desire to spin their yarns with words Grace Farrell leads "Tuesdays at 10", a lively and supportive creative writing class.


When looking at this window on Washington Street, please also go inside to see the URI Providence Campus 1st and 2nd floor Gallery, 80 Washington Street Providence


Hours: M-TH 9-9, F&S 9-4 closed Sunday (evening and weekend summer hours may vary)


For more information: 



Fulton Street



Samantha Fields

Triptych with 206,720 beads
recovered afghan, beads, 11’h x 7’w x2.5’d

About the Work

The work often begins with salvaged afghans. Reminiscent of a near past, the afghan isnostalgic but not ‘beautiful.’ It is often 
‘garish’ in color and made from synthetic acrylic yarn; so while it is hand-made and a reminder of the domestic, it is also reminiscent of mass production and industrialization. The afghan is kitsch, considered lowbrow living at the bottom of the hierarchy of taste as well as the hierarchy of craft. It is imbued with the culture of daily life, referring to our humanness in both its making and use. As a multimedia fiber artist, I engage with, weaving, beading, embroidery, crochet, and sewing as both an aesthetic and conceptual strategy. Through these modes of making, I explore different
social constructs associated with the decorative: gender, class, professional/hobbyist, the hierarchical categories of taste and morality, and craft and art.

About the Artist

For more information about Samantha Fields work, please go to samanthafields.com

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Eddy Street



Corey Grayhorse

Imaginary Reality


rainbow hair, wallpaper, color photographs, white hair, paper

About the Work & the Artist

I was born in Sunny Los Angeles, California in 1980 and found
 myself later relocating to Providence, Rhode Island in 2001. In being a native Californian I feel both my culture and environment have strongly influenced my art. My desire to capture imaginative composition led me to a study of photography throughout all of high school and later at Santa Monica College. There, I gained a much needed knowledge of the structure and science of photographic arts. After gaining a strong foundation I began to infuse my work with the color and flavor of my eclectic and eccentric imag
ination.

My work is contemporary and studied; everything is by design. A wide-ranging influence of styles in art, photography, fashion, creative locations, and set design, as well as traditional and pop culture inform my perspective. My trademarks of color, composition, and lighting are apparent as consistent threads throughout my work. All of these serve as a strong narrative in each piece.

Attention to detail and artful manipulation of the medium elevate my work beyond just photography. This process involves the     creation of building sets, designing costumes and scouting unique locations. Each element is thought out and carefully placed as part of the story. In a sense, these sets and locations are installations and a platform for performance art constructed and acted solely by myself and my subjects. Through the addition of characters, my portraits show a deep interest in the human expression. Through the lens I create strange beauty and satire, eliciting emotional and social responses. Frozen in time through photography, the work becomes a window into a fantastic dream world, drawing my 
audience in.

In my world I take these icons from their original context and superimpose them into a new one, contrasting the traditional with the contemporary at times. My images are fresh and lively, and it is clear that I have as much fun making them, as the spectator has viewing them.

For more about the artist.