The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that a new art exhibition, entitled Double Take, will be held through September 1, 2014 at GREEN SPACE, an art gallery at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick that presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists.
In Double Take, three artists present works of repetition, re-visitation and re-evaluation. Although the works differ widely in scale and medium, each compels the viewer to careful consideration. Presented in the exhibition are works by Beth Brandon, Ida Schmulowitz and Traer Scott.
As a pattern and print-maker, Beth Brandon's works are, by definition, based in repetition and rhythm. Included in the exhibition are hand-printed printed repeat patterns from her series, W=mas; patterns inspired by the routes she took commuting to and from work during a specific period of time in her life. She is a graduate of Brown University and the recipient of a Print Fellowship at the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
A plein air painter of epic canvases, Ida Schmulowitz has been painting the same views since 1983. She revisits certain sites within her Providence neighborhood repeatedly, exploring the same views over a period of days, months, years, and now, decades. Her paintings vary sometimes subtly, sometimes dramatically with the changes of season, weather and time of day. Ida's large, colorful and richly layered works convey her absolute confidence in her process as well as her intimate knowledge of her subject matter. Ida is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and has exhibited extensively at museums and galleries through her critically-acclaimed career.
The casual passer-by might assume the photographs in Traer Scott's Natural History series to be created by a double-exposure technique. In fact, Natural History is a series of completely candid, in-camera single exposure images. Shot on site at the American Museum of Natural History, these images capture random reflections of visitors viewing dioramas, and in doing so, merge the living and the dead, creating allegorical narrative of our troubles co-existence with nature. Traer is a 2010 RISCA Photography Fellowship receipient, and has published five books of her work to date. The artists were selected for exhibition by an accomplished panel: Sam Duket, artist and former GREEN SPACE exhibitor; Ellen McBreen, art historian and professor at Wheaton College and Victoria Lichtendorf, Director of Education at Storm King Art Center.
GREEN SPACE, a partnership between the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The gallery will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers. GREEN SPACE is located in the airport terminal where the skywalk meets the main building. Art is exhibited on both levels of the terminal.
About RISCA: The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.
About RIAC: The Rhode Island Airport Corporation operates T.F. Green Airport and the five general aviation airports in Rhode Island. A long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has worked with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts on a number of public art commissions for T. F. Green Airport