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Theresa Ganz at Brown; plus, Ed Osborn’s soundscapes

Theresa Ganz, who teaches photography at Brown University, grew up in New York City.
Another green world
By GREG COOK  |  October 05, 2012

‘Rolemodelplaytime’ at Brown’s Bell Gallery

Randy Regier's Dime Star is a story about disappointment. A traveling salesman's sample cases are stacked up, displaying vintage '60s (looking) toys — a "Dime Star" space cowboy policeman and his human-headed space horse, wristwatches ("Shows exact tim
Serious fun
By GREG COOK  |  June 22, 2012

Lucas Foglia’s ‘A Natural Order’ looks at self-sufficiency

In 2006, after finishing undergraduate studies at Brown University and photographing a series on community gardens managed by Providence's Southside Community Land Trust, Lucas Foglia bought a minivan, put a bed in the back, and drove south "to photogra
Of humans and nature
By GREG COOK  |  April 13, 2012

Shows worth seeing in the new year

From centuries-old Taoist visions to the ways technology can channel emotions, local exhibits this winter prompt comparisons between then and now.
Eyes wide open
By GREG COOK  |  December 30, 2011

“Nostalgia Machines” at Brown’s Bell Gallery

Jonathan Schipper's Measuring Angst (2009) might be a complicated machine built to help you ponder whether your life would be better if you could take back the stupid thing you did last night.
Reconsidering the future
By GREG COOK  |  November 25, 2011

Brown’s “Building Expectation” showcases architectural visions

One of the curious things about the future, as Nathaniel Robert Walker observes, is that "nearly everyone can recognize the place where no one has been." It's all clean, efficient, gleaming metal and glass skyscrapers; pervasive digital technology; and
Back to the future
By GREG COOK  |  September 10, 2011


Review: ''Among the Breakage'' scratches the surface at Bell Gallery

Over the past dec-ade, Providence art has been known for its visionary printmaking and graphics, crafty constructions, and funhouse installations, but local painting has tended to operate out of the limelight.
An incomplete picture
By GREG COOK  |  July 01, 2011

Review: Leitzel and Billings at AS220; and ''Creative Collective''

In Marc Leitzel's sharply real scratchboard drawings in AS220's main gallery (115 Empire Street, Providence, through June 25), he depicts a tense moment between a couple in bed, a wind-blown woman wrapped in a cape, and a woman with tree branches and lea
Light and dark
By GREG COOK  |  June 17, 2011

Review: ''Tradition, Trauma, Transformation'' at Bell Gallery

One of the medieval legends of India is the tale of the star-crossed lovers Sohni, the daughter of a potter, and Mahiwal, a traveling trader.
Images of India
By GREG COOK  |  April 15, 2011

Museums and Galleries preview: Looking ahead

In November, incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner and fellow Republicans called for the Smithsonian to shutter its National Portrait Gallery show surveying gay identity in a century of art.
Marianetti, Sharlin, Schnitt, and "Feminism Now"
By GREG COOK  |  December 31, 2010

10 exhibits that are worth another look

Here's our rundown of the best art of '10.
Excellent expressions
By GREG COOK  |  December 24, 2010


Brown's 'Faculty Triennial 2010'

Enter music composer Todd Winkler's installation Glint and you find yourself in a small, dark room, surrounded on three sides by projected video of water, and installation art's requisite electronic drone soundtrack.
From spectacles to data dumps
By GREG COOK  |  December 17, 2010
Alison Owen's exhibit at Brown University's Bell Gallery

Alison Owen's exhibit at Brown University's Bell Gallery

Photo: ALISON OWENAlison Owen knows how to decorate a room on the cheap. Her new exhibit, "Divisibility," places "an ornate wallpaper installation" in the lobby...
By webteam  |  August 31, 2010

A familiar strangeness

For several years, Woonsocket sculptor Jon Laustsen has demonstrated a curious and original vision with a series of model construction sites that resembled 1/8-scale roller coasters, or perhaps the outer wall of the Providence Place Mall, or a landscap
'Voice Over' at Brown's Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  July 09, 2010

Minimalism and mementos

After 5 Traverse gallery closed in February, crackerjack curator Maya Allison, who was co-director there, lined up a handful of small independent projects and seemed like she might be on her way to starting her own operation before she landed a gig as cu
Jamey Morrill's sculptures and 'souvenirs' at Craftland
By GREG COOK  |  June 04, 2010

Passage to India

Activist-photographer Fazal Sheikh’s tales of women from the Indian holy city of Vrindavan are devastating.
Fazal Sheikh’s ‘Beloved Daughters’ at the Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  April 09, 2010


2009: Worth another look

The lousy economy hit home this year as Stairwell Gallery in Providence and Yes Gallery in Warren closed their doors.
The gallery highlights of 2009
By GREG COOK  |  December 25, 2009

More closings and a question: Can galleries survive here?

More closings and a question: Can galleries survive here?
The Arts
By GREG COOK  |  December 18, 2009


Rachel Berwick's art is concerned with conjuring ghosts — in particular the spirits of creatures or peoples near extinction or already died out.
Rachel Berwick conjures ghost birds in Zugunruhe
By GREG COOK  |  December 11, 2009

Dark and light sides of pleasure

"I want to create a place where people can take a little vacation from reality," Brooklyn artist Kirsten Hassenfeld has said. "I'm interested in going to a place where there is no want, only endless plenty." In "Recent Sculpture," her exhibit at Brown Un
Kirsten Hassenfeld's place of "endless plenty" at Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2009

Photos: Kirsten Hassenfeld at Bell Gallery

Photos from Hassenfeld's show at the Bell Gallery
Kirsten Hassenfeld at Bell Gallery, Brown University, until Nov. 1, 2009.
By GREG COOK  |  September 04, 2009

Bend Folds 1

Bend Folds 1

Hassenfeld's Dans la LunePatience is a virtue, and it looks like KIRSTEN HASSENFELD has it in spades. The artist’s work is based on the outrageously...
By Lisa Spinelli  |  August 25, 2009
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Rock n' Roll saves the day

One way to keep dry, academic art theorizing from getting too, well, dry and academic is to inject some rock and roll.
'Inappropriate Covers' at Brown's Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  May 08, 2009