David Winton Bell Gallery

Past Exhibitions

June 11, 2011 - July 10, 2011
Sam Duket Shawn Gilheeney
Ernest Jolicoeur Maria Napolitano
Lisa Perez Ara Peterson
Masha Ryskin Monica Shinn
Dan Talbot Jason Travers


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 precio