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  • “No Man’s Land” a new show at Chazan Gallery

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    On October 18, 2016 • By

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    The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler is pleased to present No Man’s Land, a two-person exhibition of works by Theresa Ganz and Millee Tibbs, from October 20 to November 9, 2016.  An opening reception will be held on Gallery Night, October 20, 2016 from 5:00-9:00 pm. The public is invited.

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    Theresa Ganz
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    Theresa Ganz takes photographs as source material for composed landscapes.  Traditional landscape tends to suggest vastness and the conquering vision of man over nature, or conversely nature’s awesome greatness and the smallness of man.  Ganz’s work seeks to undermine these dispositions, offering instead a more myopic and ambiguous vision. The viewer is never afforded enough distance to gaze out, but is confronted with a maze­like and internal world of warped detail and impenetrable surfaces. When photographs are cut and pasted together, they are freed from the logic and context by which we usually understand them and our minds must attempt to assemble a new whole from marooned parts. Ganz’s work blends influences of 19th  century Romanticism, with an interest in the relationship of the individual to the natural world, and 21st  First World lived experience which happens less and less in the physical body encountering the actual world, and the natural world is under grave threat. Romanticism and later Transcendentalism promised spiritual experience through communion with nature. In a time of catastrophic environmental degradation this seems impossible, yet the longing remains. Is it still possible that an intuitive response to natural beauty can lead us somewhere profound? In a digital, dematerialized world can objects still have aura? Is it still meaningful to stand in a room with art works? These questions haunt and motivate Ganz’s work.

    Theresa Ganz was born in New York City in 1980.  She earned her BA from Vassar College in Film and her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in Photography. She works in photo­based collage, installation and video. Her work has shown nationally and internationally at, among others, The Datz Museum of Art in Korea, the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, The Bell Gallery at Brown University and The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin and at various commercial spaces in New York and San Francisco. Her work will be included in the 2016 DeCordova Biennial. Her work has also been featured in print publications including Mousse Magazine, Outpost Journal and Magazine Gitz. She was the 2015 winner of the ArtSlant Prize. She is a founding member and director at Regina Rex in Brooklyn. She currently resides in Providence, RI where she is faculty at Brown University.

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    Millee Tibbs
    Impossible Geometries (White Sands), 2014

    Millee Tibbs is interested in surfaces and their relationship to what lies beneath – the discrepancy between what we see and what we know. Tibbs is drawn to photography because of its ubiquitous presence in our culture and its duplicitous existence as both an indexical representation of reality and a subjective construction of it. Photography presents an illusion as if it were reality. A piece of the world is frozen, flattened, and miniaturized in the time it takes a shutter to open and close. This sleight of hand offers a subjective construction as objective evidence. Tibbs is interested in the space where these qualities contradict each other and coexist simultaneously.

    Tibbs uses physical alterations to photographic images of the American West to create relationships between formal geometries and natural spaces that question the illusionistic representation of the photographic image and the mythologies contained therein. This work reassesses larger-than-life landscapes from an analytic point of view. It is in opposition to the concept of the landscape photograph as a consumable object, and questions the aesthetic framework that propagates expansionist myths – the dramatic vistas of inaccessible, uninhabited landscapes that became the visual codes that define the genre. Through the physical manipulation of the paper on which iconic images are printed, Tibbs draws attention to illusionistic artifice and the rhetoric imbedded in this.

    Millee Tibbs’ work derives from her interest in photography’s ubiquity in contemporary culture and the tension between its truth-value and inherent manipulation of reality.  Tibbs’ exhibition venues include the Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY; Blue Sky Gallery – Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland, OR; the Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA; David Weinberg Photography, Chicago, IL; the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Licoln, MA; Brown University, Providence, RI; and Notre Dame University, IN.  Her work has been published by the Humble Arts Foundation, Blue Sky Books, and Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism.  Tibbs’ work is in the permanent collections of the RISD Museum, and the Portland Art Museum, and Fidelity Investments. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, VCCA, the Wurlitzer Foundation, Jentel, the Santa Fe Art Institute, and LPEP, Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Tibbs grew up in Alabama, completed an MFA at RISD in 2007, and is an assistant professor of photography at Wayne State University.

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  • Gallery Night Becomes Night Gallery!

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    On October 16, 2016 • By

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    Although Rod Serling will not be with us on October 20, 2016, as a tribute to Halloween, Gallery Night Providence will be honoring our city’s rich history of all things ghostly with three Celebrity Guides who produce and collect art of the horror genre.

    Left to right, Gage Prentiss, Carmen Marusich, Niels Hobbs, Stephen Gervais.

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  • Tour Schedule For Gallery Night July 21, 2016

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    On July 18, 2016 • By

    JULY TOURS:

    5:30  Paper Arts Tour With Celebrity Guide Jules Burrowes

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    Dryden Gallery at Providence Picture Frame

    Paper Connection

    Anthony Tomaselli

    URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery

     

    5:50 Collector’s Tour with Paper Conservationist, Rachel Lapkin

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    URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery

    Gallery Z 

    RISD Museum

    ArtProv

     

    6:10 Contemporary Tour

    Sprout RI

    J Schatz

    Inner Space Outsider Art Gallery @ Share Space

    Silvershell Gallery

     

    6:30 Celebrity Tour with Artist Karen Rand Anderson

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    AS220 Project Space

    John Nicholas Brown Center

    The Peaceable Kingdom  

    Bank RI Turks Head Gallery

     

    7:00 Contemporary Tour

    Copacetic  

    Galleries at the Providence Art Club

    Three Wheel Studio

    Gallery Belleau

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  • Paper Night Returns In July

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    On July 15, 2016 • By

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    Last years Gallery night focus on paper was such a success, we’ve decided to bring it back, July 21, 2016.

    We have three “Celebrity Guides” lined up, each of whom have a different relationship with the paper arts.  Print maker and fiber artist Jules Burrowes returns to share her passion for paper and promises to have a tour full of surprises.  We welcome painter Karen Rand Anderson who will be hosting her first Gallery Night tour, Karen paints on a variety of surfaces, and paper is one of them.  And for our “Collectors Tour” we have Library Materials Conservator, Rachel Lapkin, Rachel will be able to answer many of your questions on taking care of artwork on paper, photographs, books, or anything else you may have that’s made of paper.

    Paper Connection International will be joining us for Paper Night, owner Lauren Pearlman and her staff will be available to discuss paper making and the many types and origins of Asian papers and the Paper Connection Gallery will be showing recent works by Julie Brayton.

    Paper artist Liliana Fijman will be a special guest at Sprout, Liliana will be giving a presentation about paper in the arts.

    And the Dryden Gallery at Providence Picture Frame will be giving a demonstration on archival matting and hinging.

    So come on out Thursday July 21, 2016, check out our website to see what else is going on, and to be really up to date “LIKE” us on FaceBook.

     

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  • John Fazzino at the BankRI Turks Head Gallery

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    On July 12, 2016 • By

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    The BankRI Galleries present:

     “Watercolors and Sculpture by John Fazzino,”

    July 7 through August 3, 2016

    at the BankRI Turks Head branch in downtown Providence at One Turks Head Place.

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    There will be a Gallery Night reception on July 21 from 5 to 8:30 pm with live music and light refreshments.  Exhibit hours are Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  For more information, contact www.bankri.com or call 401 574-1330.

    MEET THE ARTIST – JOHN FAZZINO

    For the first ten years of his professional life, Providence artist John Fazzino was a self-described “glorified paper-pusher floundering around in an insurance company.”  He had grown up in Portland, Connecticut, isolated from creative endeavors.

    Fazzino was in his mid 20s when he met an all around Renaissance artist named Mickey Sequenzia.  Sequenzia introduced him to a whole new creative world.  In the cooperative studio Wesleyan Potters in Middletown. CT, Fazzino learned how to hand build ceramic pieces and throw on the potter’s wheel.  

    “It was a life changing moment,” Fazzino says.  “I was so unhappy in the earlier part of my life and so unsure of what I was going to do.”   The only thing Fazzino was sure of was that he didn’t want to spend another ten years working for an insurance company.

    He moved to Rhode Island in 1983 with the hope of attending the Rhode Island School of Design.  Fazzino was thirty years old when he took his first class at RISD, twelve years older than most of the students in his classes.   

    “I learned so much from RISD,” Fazzino says. “I was taught how to see differently and how to think more deeply.” Because he was so much older than his fellow students, Fazzino was able to fully concentrate on his ceramic studies and he worked constantly, taking as many classes as he could in several different fields.  After graduation, he attended Swain School of Design (now the University if Massachusetts Dartmouth) in New Bedford and earned his MFA.

    Like his mentor Sequenzia, Fazzino is an all around Renaissance man.  He is a ceramist, watercolorist, teacher and gardener.  He teaches ceramics at the Steelyard in Providence and the Art Exchange in Cranston. In his home, he teaches yoga.  In the summer, he designs and cares for client gardens. If finances are tight, he rents one of his bedrooms out on airbnb.

    At the BankRI Turks Head Gallery in July, Fazzino will exhibit ceramics and watercolors.

    Fazzino takes an abstracted approach to the watercolor medium, loosely directing the paint to form spiral-like shapes that almost look like watery fireworks mid-explosion.  He credits RISD professor Victor Lara for encouraging experimentation and exploration in the then unfamiliar medium of watercolor.

    Fazzino’s ceramic pieces, like his watercolors, are experimental and very personal in nature.   When he was a student at Swain School of Design, Fazzino decided to combine his love of ceramics with his love of the garden. He hand builds unusually shaped structures that function in a garden setting even as they satisfy as sculptures.  Strong colors, unusual shapes and a very earthy feel characterize the ceramic sculptures.  They have a ruin-like quality, ancient and modern at the same time.  Birdbaths, fountains, fluted bowls, vases and benches are just some of the sculptural pieces Fazzino makes.

    Visit johnfazzino.com to view more of his work.
    The BankRI Galleries are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate.

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  • Meet Celebrity Guide Karen Rand Anderson

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    On July 11, 2016 • By

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    We are very pleased to have Providence artist Karen Rand Anderson as one of our “Celebrity Guides” for our July 21, 2016 Gallery Night.  

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    Karen graduated with honors from Rhode Island School of Design in 1977 with a BFA in ceramics, and in 2010 received her MFA in mixed media studio art through the Vermont Studio Center/Johnson State College masters program in Johnson, VT. She has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center, as well as in Bulgaria through the Griffis Foundation/Orpheus Foundation and at I-Park Artist’s Enclave in East Haddam CT. Her work has been shown regionally and nationally in juried, invitational and solo exhibitions.

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    Anderson’s recent work focuses on an exploration of landscape, informed by intuitive mark-making, layering of color, gestural brushwork, and spontaneity. The mixed-media paintings are colorful references to vista and memory, drawing the viewer into a personal experience of place. Her sculptural work utilizes natural materials combined with appropriated objects; her large-format drawings often reference her sculptures, both visually and conceptually.

    ARTIST STATEMENT:  Karen Rand Anderson
    “My current work is based on a personal exploration of landscape through abstraction. The paintings are energetically rendered studies, based on fragments of landscape imagery, that reflect my personal connection to beauty and place. With a commitment to intuitive mark-making and a bold palette, my intention with this work is to visually ignite memory, question, and mystery about the personal and emotional places we seek.

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  • Fine Artists Of The Jewelry District

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    On June 28, 2016 • By

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    Be sure to catch the latest show at ArtProv Gallery,

    Fine Artists Of The Jewelry District

    Milo Winter and Margery Fischer-Winter

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    Also on view are sculptural works by Christian Gonçalves…

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    Christian Gonçalves

    My goal as an artist is to develop my imagery through an aesthetic experience. My objective is to explore facets of being through the phenomena of visual language. Art is the vehicle to explore the nature of being and express it in a symbolic form. Using art as a language allows me to express ideas and themes in a visual idiom of form, texture, and color.

    I have come to regard my work as a manifestation of a conversation with “the other self.” The other self is what some might call the subconscious, or the spiritual, or the metaphysical. I approach making art in the same manner of someone engaged in automatic writing, channeling the imagery into a structure, or composition. Sculpture requires the use of forms and objects of aesthetic value, so I begin by making multiple objects or acquiring a multitude of found objects to use as a vocabulary. The object or form must  be particular and have a strong presence or visceral element in  its appearance, evocative of something familiar, or iconic. I do not always recognize or realize the meaning of work immediately.  Often it is after some time has past or a conversation with a viewer, that the meaning becomes apparent.

    I view art making as a necessary part of being. Creating is a way to feel relevant. Art is a language, which I use to explore and encode meanings of subjects and topics I find difficult to express in written or verbal language. The ideas I express are of the rational and irrational, the emotional, the absurd, the obscene, and the spiritual. The use of art as language allows me to express ideas and themes in particular idiom, which cannot be said in any other language.

    This show is up until July 21, 2016

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  • Work by Nick Jainschigg at Dryden Gallery

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    On June 28, 2016 • By

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    If you haven’t see the show “Very Local”, paintings by Nick Jainschigg, you have until July 2, 2016.

    Nick Jainschigg was born in New York City and grew up near the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History. The two influences of art and natural science have been with him ever since. After graduating with a BFA in illustration, he pursued a career in science fiction and fantasy illustration, producing hundreds of covers and interiors for most of the major (and many minor) publishers. He discovered the computer as a means of expression in the late 1990s and hasn’t had a decent night’s sleep since. In addition to teaching at RISD, Jainschigg continues to work on animations, interactive illustration and painting in oils.

    Jainschigg’s work has been featured in or written about in publications from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Ballantine Books, PBS Interactive, The New York Times, Wizards of the Coast, Tor Books, Scholastic Inc., MacMillan Publishing, Domino Magazine, Paramount and Viacom. His digital paleontological reconstructions have been featured on the Discovery Channel and at the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Maastricht Natural History Museum and the University of California Museum of Paleontology.

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  • Gallery Night Tour Schedule For June 2016

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    On June 13, 2016 • By

    Here it is, Gallery Night’s  tour schedule for June 16, 2016.  We look forward to seeing you and remember, all of our tours and events are absolutely FREE!

    5:30 Contemporary Celebrity Tour with Dennis Delomba

    Dennis Delomba, Gallery Night Providence, Gallery Belleau

    Recent Glass work by Dennis Delomba

    Inner Space Outsider Art Gallery @ Share Space

    AS220-Main Gallery

    AS220- Project Space, Reading Room

    Anthony Tomaselli

     

    5:50 Collector’s Celebrity Tour with Ricky Gagnon

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    Ricky Gagnon

    Dryden Gallery at Providence Picture Frame

    The Peaceable Kingdom

    Three Wheel Studio

    Gallery Belleau

     

    6:10 Contemporary Tour

    Gallery/Studio Z LLC

    RISD Museum

    The Galleries at the Providence Art Club

    ArtProv

     

    6:30 Contemporary Celebrity Tour with Mary Sokolowski

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    Mary Sokolowski

    J Schatz (Our newest gallery)

    Sprout RI

    URI Feinstein Gallery

    The Galleries at the Providence Art Club

     

    7:00 Contemporary Tour

    URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery

    Bank RI Turks Head Gallery

    Copacetic

    ArtProv Gallery

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  • Sprout Gallery Joins Gallery Night Providence 2016

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    On April 6, 2016 • By

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    Sprout is a new gallery that is part of the recently opened coworking space in the Rising Sun Mills complex. The group show features paintings, photography, and sculptural work by local artists and local student artists creating and inspiring our local Rhode Island community. Our first show will feature works by Jide Adeleke, John Fazzino, Vesper Guo, Ho Jae Kim, Betsey MacDonald and Mark Winsor.

    Join us for the Gallery Night reception on March 17th from 5 to 8:30 pm with live music and light refreshments.  Regular exhibit hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact gallerymanager@sproutri.com or visit our website atwww.sproutri.com.

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