Among the Breakage: New Painting from Providence

Sam Duket, Shawn Gilheeney, Ernest Jolicoeur, Maria Napolitano, Lisa Perez, Ara Peterson, Masha Ryskin, Monica Shinn, Dan Talbot, and Jason Travers
June 11 – July 10
Opening reception: Friday, June 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

"The Eighties and The Nineties" oil on paper by Dan Talbot

Among the Breakage features recent paintings by ten Providence artists.  As this sampling suggests, Providence’s creative communities are more akin to an archipelago than a single island of “regional style.”  Work in this exhibition ranges from hard-edged abstraction to hybrid figurative landscapes and techniques that stretch the very definition of painting.  

The show’s title is taken from The Dry Salvages, T.S. Eliot’s poem about a hazardous group of rocks off the New England coast, around which ship wreckage drifts.  “Among the breakage” evokes both Providence’s post-industrial landscape and the ways in which its artists are creating anew amidst the wreckage of Modernist painting orthodoxy.
Perhaps due to the freedom afforded by working in the art world periphery, several of these artists are in dialogue with what Roberta Smith calls the “maverick branch” of painting, "constantly stretching the medium, extending it into installation art or questioning its status as a precious, high-skill commodity." read more here.
Curated by Maya Allison & Neal Walsh

"Untitled" oil on wood by Lisa Perez

"Fati" oil on panel by Monica Shinn

 "Big Blue (sexy shad)" acrylic on wood by Sam Duket

"Fields and Streams" acrylic on canvas by Ernest Jolicouer

"Bosphoros" oil on canvas by Jason Travers

"Garden Close Up, #3" oil on canvas by Maria Napolitano

Detail from "Arcade" wood and acrylic by Ara Peterson

Detail of "Remnants" by Masha Ryskin

"Ice House" mixed media on panel by Shawn Gilheeney