What’s new in the Galleries!
MARCH 2-30th, 2019, Opening Reception Friday March 22nd, 5-7 p.m
PROJECT SPACE @93 Mathewson St.
Outside Inside | Jill Heffernan
READING ROOM @93 Mathewson St.
Rebuild | Graham Heffernan
MAIN GALLERY @115 Empire St.
Labels | Paul Parker
MAIN GALLERY @115 Empire St.
Pyramids & Horns | Mister. Diablo
RESIDENT GALLERY @131 Washington St
Magic Screens | Work from inside Floor 3 at AS220
Q+A / INTERVIEWS
Q+A interview w/ Claire Weaver-Zeman (Click here for full Q+A)
Q.1 What was your process and inspiration when creating “Reaching”?
A.1 I always make some stencils before I start painting. I cut them from Mylar, and for “Reaching” I had a few stencils of hands and a stencil of a girl that I had planned to use for another painting- but thought also worked for this idea.
My inspiration was a feeling of uncertainty about the future and what to do next, but still wanting to reach for it anyway. I wanted the girl to look like she is peering into the unknown, and even though the blue hand is obscuring her vision a little, she is still reaching forward.
Q.2 How long have you been creating artwork? What mediums do you use to produce artwork?
A.2 I have been seriously painting since I was in high school, but making things since I was little.
My favorite thing to draw with are fat, chisel tip markers. My favorite painting medium is oil, but I sometimes use acrylic as well. I also love using Mylar to make stencils!
Q.3 What are your biggest influences as an artist? Which current art world trends are you following, if any?
A.3 A huge influence for me is ancient Roman art and mythology and frescoes from Pompeii. For a long time, I was really interested in the Villa of the Mysteries. I’m also influenced by Henry Darger. I love the repetition in his work and the vibrant world he has created.
I don’t think this is a trend, but right now I’m really interested in Damien Hirst’s Wreck of The Unbelievable. The film he made about the project is really wonderful and funny.
Q+A interview w/ Jenny Booth (Click here for full Q+A)
Q.1 What was your process and inspiration when creating “Nocturnal Mission”?
A.1 I started with a pattern of waves filling the page and kept adding wavy lines in different colors until the background reached a satisfactory pond feeling.At that point I did a repeating pattern of frogs over top. I picked Gray Treefrogs for this print because they’re one of the species that lives in the North East and breeds in my local cemetery.
Q.2 How long have you been creating artwork? What other mediums do you use to produce artwork?
A.2 I’ve been doing silkscreen consistently for 7 years.I also paint interior murals for a living and love the visceral feeling of painting directly on walls. I recently finished and Egyptian themed mural in my own home.
Q.3 What influences you as an artist?
A.3 Nature and other Providence screen printers.I feel lucky to be surrounded by a community of talented, supportive artists.
Q+A interview w/ Doc Brown (Click here for full Q+A)
Q.1 How did you start making art? Why do you make art?
A.1 I started drawing on catalogues and newspapers on buses and trains or on junk-mail at the kitchen table late at night, mainly just to pass time. Switching to blank paper and drawing with the intention to create something is the biggest shift as an artist I’ve taken yet.
Q.2 How has your practice changed over time?
A.2 The drawings have gotten much larger but are still pretty much the same pen or charcoal drawings I’d do on scrap or in notebooks. It was difficult to go from scribbling on scrap paper at the kitchen table just to pass time to trying to intentionally fill a blank page or canvas. I try to maintain the same grungy, unplanned quality of those early drawings by not being over-clean or too thought out because that process of scribbling things out and starting over right on top of a mistake, or getting unintentional ink blots etc, etc, are huge part of what make drawing so liberating.
Q.3 Describe a real-life situation that inspired an artwork?
A.3 Once I listened to a Doors song for like 4 hours straight while reading Paradise Lost and when I was done I had a huge picture of Satan just hanging out at the gates of hell. That’s the drawing I’m most proud of. I don’t even like looking at it anymore cause everything else is comparatively a let down. Other than that, I do most of my best drawing after a bad day at work.
Q.4 Who/What are your biggest influences?
A.4 John Milton. Auguste Rodin. Herman Melville. Caravaggio. John Bonham.