BankRI Turks Head Gallery
“Meniscus: Photographs by Erik Gould,”
August 2 through September 5, 2018
There will be a Gallery Night Providence reception on August 16 from 5 to 8:30 pm with live music by Mark Armstrong and light hors d’oeuvres.
MEET THE ARTIST – ERIK GOULD
Photographer Erik Gould arrived in Rhode Island in 1991, a transplant from upstate New York. A thoughtful and unassuming guy, he systematically proceeded to explore the creative opportunities open to him. He worked at both Colorlab and the Providence Journal processing and cataloguing photographs. He took photographs for the local art magazine, Quix Art Quarterly, and taught himself how to photograph artwork professionally. All the while, Gould was taking his own photographs and exhibiting in area galleries.
When a job photographing artwork opened up at the RISD Museum of Art, Gould applied for and got the job. At the museum, Gould met his wife-to-be mixed media artist Rebecca Siemering. Today they live in Pawtucket with their young daughter in a modest home close to their respective studios.
Gould has the trifecta of a perfect artist’s life – he is respected as a fine art photographer, he has a wonderful family that understands his creative lifestyle and he has a job as a photographer at a dynamic institution.
Gould has a quiet, powerful visual voice. Stylistically his photographs often make use of existing light to evoke differing perceptions. Dark underlit scenes suggest mystery; others have a clear cut noonday objectivity.
His subject matter ranges from unkept urban green spaces to historic mill complexes and outdoor cannons left over from long ago wars. He finds the place where city and nature connect organically without intervention. Gould taps into the historic nature of these sites, channeling long past events and connecting them to the future.
The photographs shown at the BankRI Galleries are taken from a series entitled “Meniscus.” Although often associated with knee surgery, meniscus has an alternate definition. It is the curved upper surface of liquid in a tube, like water in a glass.
Gould describes these photographs. “I'm looking at small triangle of reclaimed land along the Seekonk River roughly in the area of Roger Williams' landing. I'm considering the ways time and history can pile up in even an unassuming place such as this small piece of Providence.”
The BankRI Galleries featured the artworks of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts contemporary artists and are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate.
The gallery is located in Downtown Providence at One Turks Head Place. Exhibit hours are Monday through Wednesday 8:30am to 4pm, and Thursday and Friday 8:30am to 5pm. For more information, call 401-574- 1330 or check http://www.facebook.com/BankRhodeIsland.
The BankRI Galleries featured the artworks of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts contemporary artists and are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate. For additional information and images, call Paula at 401-521-7634 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.