Maya Allison

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“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

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

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

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

5 Traverse is shutting its doors

Last week 5 Traverse gallery announced that it was closing.
Adventurous art is getting harder to find in Providence
By GREG COOK  |  February 12, 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

The digerarti

Strapped into Erik Conrad’s electronic vest, I stood waiting for the personal digital assistant, attached by a wire to the outfit, to make a GPS connection.
 ‘Pixilerations’ plugs in Providence art
By GREG COOK  |  October 02, 2009
back pages list

Their back pages

An often overlooked factor of Providence's underground art scene that flourished in the decade bookending the start of the millennium was the central place of the zine.
'Book As Post Modern Medium (The Book Show)' at 5 Traverse
By GREG COOK  |  June 05, 2009

The moving pictures

There are moments when, by coincidence or an aligning of the stars, something amazing accidentally comes together. Here in Providence, next week is one of those times.
David Polonsky and the Festival of Contemporary Animation
By GREG COOK  |  April 10, 2009


Culture crunch

"Since the market crash," says Curt Columbus, artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, "we've watched our ticket sales, which had been doing well, hit a wall. Almost like a cartoon animal — splat. Then we started pushing the discoun
From Trinity Rep to Festival Ballet to Gallery Z, the creative community strives to overcome economic challenges
By GREG COOK  |  December 03, 2008

Sound and silence

The RISD exhibit reminds us that filmmakers at the forefront of the medium have been consistently drawn to the novelty of the medium.
Old and new images meet at the RISD Museum
By GREG COOK  |  September 18, 2007