Through the month of June, the Rabbit Hole gallery will host four emerging artists from Providence, RI. The show is curated by JohnJ McGurk and showcases the work of artists working in a wide range of styles and mediums.
The city of Providence is small and home to a large population of artists. The work of the represented artists is varied, yet maintains a connection to the language of Providence. With the use of found objects and found imagery, the art creates a comprehensible vernacular of its time.
Shawn Gilheeney’s work brings focus to the decaying industrial lands. His art is based on the urban experience, creating street art, paintings, and prints involving the themes of nomadic life, decay, brick, and electricity. In his paintings he creates life where it has been lost, intrigue where there are only memories.
Zane Claverie uses found materials to make large scale cut and paste collage. Each work varies in theme and material-
old and new- to open a window into many years of pictorial history, graphic design, and illustration.
Quinn Corey’s new work is challenging and dynamic. He is moving away from the wall to create assemblages from detritus found in the streets and lost spaces of Providence.
David Allyn creates ceramic tile relief of color and imagery. Using decals and porcelain, Allyn comments on issues of gentrification and consumerism. By marrying fine art and fine craft, his relief sculptures offer a fresh vision of our contemporary age.
The streets of Providence are lined with old factories and buildings in various states of decay and rehabilitation. It is an evolving testament to the industrial revolution, and more recently, the condominium and urban renewal extravaganza. Each of these artists has absorbed our postindustrial landscape, and has translated it into art sustained by the waste of it.