Jo Ann Conklin

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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

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

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

Inside looking out

Visiting Elizabeth King's "The Sizes of Things In the Mind's Eye" at Brown University's Bell Gallery (64 College Street, Providence, through December 21) is a bit like visiting Dr. Frankenstein's lab — all glass eyes, artificial limbs, and automatons.
Elizabeth King shares her mind's eye
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2008

Big Red

“Views and Re-Views: Soviet Political Posters and Cartoons” is one of the best exhibits you’ll see in New England this year.
Brown offers a mirror-view of the 20th century
By GREG COOK  |  September 17, 2008

Great pretenders

“Self and Others,” the new group show at Brown University’s Bell Gallery, reminds  me of a definition I recently read: growing up is learning how to pretend to be normal.
Photographic self-examination at the Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  June 10, 2008


Sculpting with paper

One of the preeminent issues of art — and, well, everything these days — is the how technology is changing our lives, making everywhere we go begin to feel like a synthetic, artificially-flavored SimCity.
Imi Hwangbo and Jae Ko at Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  February 12, 2008

The kids aren’t all right

Children inhabit strange synthetic worlds in the exhibition “KIDS” at Brown University’s Bell Gallery.
Unsettling photographs at the Bell Gallery
By GREG COOK  |  November 13, 2007

Going underground

The project in which Michael Townsend and seven collaborators created a secret apartment at Providence Place began as an adventure in which four friends tried to live in the mall for a week.
The hidden quality of the Providence art scene is a big part of what sets it apart
By GREG COOK  |  October 10, 2007

Act natural

Bruce Chao is traversing a 100-foot-long path of ludicrously narrow wooden girders that he’s lashed into tree branches 50 above a forest floor.
Artists get earthy at Brown
By GREG COOK  |  June 12, 2007

Fresh views

Every generation is a Me Generation, it’s just that some are less bashful — or more boastful — about the opportunity.
‘30 Under 30’ at Hera Gallery
By BILL RODRIGUEZ  |  August 17, 2006