surface shadows - new work at Chazan Gallery

The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler presents surface shadows an exhibition featuring the new work by Robert Datum and Neal T Walsh, from September 19th - October 9th, 2019. There will be an opening reception for the artists on September 19th, from 5:00 - 8:00.

Spring Exhibit at PERIPHERY


Curated by Babs Owen
April 29 – May 27, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29, 5-8pm
Performance at 7pm sharp
Note: additional performances during the exhibit TBA

Periphery Space is pleased to present Grids, a show that includes painting, sculptural painting, drawing and dance.  The title and subject of the exhibition is taken from the influential 1979 essay Grids by Rosalind Krauss.
This group show focuses on six artists who have a shared fascination with the grid using various media.  In object, movement or surface each artist explores a meditation on pattern, repetition and geometry in nature and everyday life.

Exhibiting Artists:
Tara Fracalossi, Lila Hurwitz, Jacqueline Ott, Lisa Perez, and Laura Watt



In the beginning (in the beginning of time to say

the least) there were the compasses: whirling in

void their feet traced out beginnings and endings,

beginning and end in a single line. Wisdom danced

also in circles for these were her kingdom: the sun

spun, worlds whirled, the seasons came round, and

all things went their rounds: but in the beginning,

beginning and end were in one.

And in the beginning was love. Love made a sphere:

all things grew within it; the sphere then encompassed

beginnings and endings, beginning and end. Love

had a compass whose whirling dance traced out a

sphere of love in the void: in the center there
 rose a fountain.

– Robert Lax

an uncertain hour

an uncertain hour oil, dry pigment, on linen on canvas, 9" by 12", 2016. 

Summer is nearing its end as the days grow shorter, shadows longer, this sense of fleeting sun heightened as the last vestiges of Hermine wrap the coast in rain, wind and clouds for several days. In contrast, the rhythm of the house has changed with the start of the new school year, an extra bustle of activity, energy, and excitement. September always feels like the start of a new year, a chance for new beginnings. Our local college town shakes off the sleepy laziness of summer as the students return while back in the studio with new projects, goals, deadlines, and resolutions an eagerness and restlessness to begin anew take hold.

Late Summer Notes 2016

The Last Apple?

November and despite a recent week of above average temperatures filled with sun, the cold and grey rains of late autumn have arrived. The orchard exploded with fruit this fall and caught unprepared we were a bit hapless over how many apples we had and what to do. Being caretakers and wardens to an old and neglected orchard is a new endeavor and with this year's plentiful crop very daunting but the rewards have been sweet and delicious; we only wish we could save and use more of the surprise bounty.. We have made many local pigs and horses, not to mention deer and other wildlife that consider out field home, very happy.  We have forced apples on friends and strangers alike while eating and cooking as many as we can. And no this is not the last apple, I picked a dozen or so today and several trees are still loaded high and out of reach of ladder. And as they fall we will gather them up, save what we can and be thankful.

blue ruin

blue ruin, oil, collage, indigo, mixed media on canvas, 36" by 60", 2014. 

This painting came out of another older painting dating back at least ten years that lingered in the back of the studio, surviving several moves only to be removed from its stretcher and cut up. The first iteration consisted of many layers of paper collage and oil paint on canvas, the cut up fragments were then glued and stapled over another painted canvas that was further worked over with washes of oil paint and indigo pigment until blue ruin emerged. The blue of autumn skies, nomadic traditions and glowing screens.



fragments: found & intended, South Gallery, Greenfield Community College, Greenfield,MA

New Paintings, 5 Traverse Gallery, Providence, RI

Neal Walsh, Gallery Agniel, Providence, RI

We Don’t Make Mistakes, group show, Chazan Gallery, Providence

Studio 1504: Abu Dhabi group show, Maya Allison Curator, Abu Dubai, UAE
Love Nest, Craftland, Providence, RI
faint murmurs, two person show, 186 Carpenter St., Providence, RI
Locally Made: One Room, RISD Museum, Providence, RI

Glue, Paper, Scissors, Colo Colo Gallery, New Bedford, MA

The Creative Collective, Candita Clayton Studio, Pawtucket, RI
Were Going to Make Some Big Decisions in Our Little World, Providence, RI
Yes!, Buonaccorsi+Agniel Gallery, Providence, RI
HYDRA, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

A Flawed Providence, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FLA
Networks 2010, Newport Art Museum, Newport, RI

5 Traverse Gallery at Aqua Art Miami, Miami, FLA

New Obstructions, AS220/Mercantile Block, Providence, RI (exhibitor & co-curator)

El Arte Une Los Pueblos, Art Unites Communities, Pawtucket Arts Collaborative,
Pawtucket, RI
The Library Show, Firehouse 13, Providence, RI
Providence Art Windows, Providence, RI

Waging Peace, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI
Open Painting 2006, Brian Shure, juror, Providence Art Club, Providence, RI
The Drawing Show, Gallery 306, Warren, RI

Go West, West Broadway Neighborhood Association, Providence, RI
Rawson Fountain Society Presents: “fields and constellations: new hypothesis of the
, curator Neal Walsh, The Space At Alice, Providence, RI
The Steelyard Summer Tour 2005, The Tisch Gallery, Providence, RI and The Space
Gallery, Portland, ME

Five Rhode Island Artists, South County Art Association, Kingston RI

Rawson Fountain Society Presents: Kyner,Tracy,&Walsh, AS220, Providence, RI
Obsessive Patterns: Tayo Heuser, Jane Masters, Dean Snyder and Neal Walsh
David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI
Phoebe Lopes & Neal Walsh, Gallery Agniel, Providence, RI (catalogue)

AS220 Project Space voted Best Gallery in Providence Phoenix

Boston Art Award: People’s Choice Award for Local Curator of Locally-Made
Art, New Obstructions, AS220/Mercantile Block, co-curated with Mike Taylor
Boston Art Awards: People’s Choice for Best Exhibit, New Paintings, 5 Traverse Gallery,
Providence, RI

AICA/NE (Association Internationale des Critiques d’art/New England) Best Show in a
Commercial Gallery, New England, Neal Walsh, Gallery Agniel, Providence, RI

Vermont Studio Center, Partial Residency Award

Gallery Director and Curator, AS220, Providence, RI

Curator, NIGHTVISIONS: experimental film, performance, and music series

Juror, PAINT, Hera Gallery, Wakefield, RI

Guest Critic, Graduate Class Projects, Center for Public Humanities, Brown

Co-curator, Among the Breakage: New Painting from Providence, with Maya
Allison, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI
Co-Curator, Ebb & Flow, with RK Projects, Providence, RI

Panelist, “Is Abstract Art Alive and Well in New England Today?” with Maya
Allison, Liz Kiethline, at the New Bedford Art Museum

Juror, All-Media Open Show, The South County Art Association, Kingstown, RI

Independent Curator, Apt.3, a pop-up alternative gallery space, Providence, RI

Cook, Greg, The Providence Phoenix, (March 1, 2014) “Assured Abstractions”
Cook, Greg, The Providence Phoenix (April 23, 2013) ”In the City: Neal Walsh & Scott
Lapham at 186 Carpenter St.”
Cook, Greg, The Providence Phoenix (May 3, 2011) “We are going to make some big decisions
in our little world”
Cook, Greg, The Providence Phoenix (November 24, 2010) “Networks 2009-2010 at the
Newport Art Museum”
Cook, Greg, The Providence Phoenix (April 15, 2008) “Majestic Rot: Compelling new work by
Neal Walsh & Will Schaff”
Norris, Doug, Art New England (Feb/March 2006) “Neal Walsh”
Brown Independent (Oct. 17, 2005) “Layers of material reveal layers of meaning in Walsh's
Arts Media (Sept/Oct 2005) “Beyond Hypothesis: fields and constellations at The Space at
Providence Phoenix (June 27, 2003) “Obsessive Patterns” at the David Winton Bell Gallery”
Doran, Geri, Resin, Louisiana State University Press, 2005, cover artwork by Neal Walsh
Forman, Deborah, Paint Lab: 52 Exercises inspired by Artists, Materials, Time, Place and Method,
Quarry Books, 2013, a featured artist