World’s Fair Gallery presents, If A Tree FallsNew Work by Caroline Goddard, Vena Gu and Adrian King. The exhibition opens Friday, January 25th, 2019 with a reception from 5-8PM. The opening reception is free & open to the public. The show runs through April 7th. 

Willa Van Nostrand, owner and curator of World’s Fair writes: 

There’s a powerful quietude in each artist’s work in If A Tree Falls. By pairing Caroline Goddard’s birch collages, Vena Gu’s still life oil paintings and Adrian King’s ceramics, I attempt to evoke the resonant hush of winter in New England. As we retreat indoors, we turn inward. Let the meticulous delicacy of Caroline’s collages motivate you, the contemplative sweetness of Vena’s paintings entice you and the organic harmony of Adrian’s vessels inspire you to consume thoughtfully. Without further ado, I am proud to present to you: If A Tree Falls 

Caroline Goddard’s New England wind fall birch collages are composed by the expert eye of a photographer. Goddard’s minimal compositions radiate potential energy; parts of a whole activated by the whim and precision of the artist’s hand. The collages shift between landscape, seascape and figurative abstraction through the soft, rich tones of birch bark. Each piece is a balance and blur of swift association: we’re reminded of the phases of the moon, cross country skis gliding through fresh snow, arms extended in a good stretch. The work draws you in, invites you to ruminate and after a few moments a voice incites, “Onward! Move forward, it’s time to go for a walk.” Everything is at once still and full of life. 

Vena Gu’s oil paintings are smart, unselfconscious and deeply reflective. Existing between the realms of traditional still life, memory and the artist’s library, books are both subject and object in Gu’s Remembrance series. Softly painted book titles and open pages allude to the work of master painters, the natural world and ancient Chinese landscapes. Each painting feels familiar but distinctly new, an omnipresent heir of: “where’s home?” or rather, “home is where your books are.”’

Vena’s watercolor collages are a playful synthesis of characters from her own still life paintings, 16th century Flemish vignettes and a zestful array of endearing, more traditional inanimate objects. The result: 9 miniature shadow boxes peppered with enough irony and sweetness to make the inner 7 year-old in anyone squeal with delight.

Adrian King’s ceramics evoke blankets of snow over subtle earth tones, abstract stripes and bold swaths of orange and pumpernickel to bring us to our senses. All the pots were made from red stoneware, soda fired to cone 10 in a gas kiln. 40 new Yunomi cups, a series of teapots, pitchers and platters are just waiting to be filled. Come, be warmed!


Caroline Goddard, Windfall Birch Collage, 2019

Caroline Goddard grew up between Providence and Newport, RI and resides in Portland, Maine where she can easily access endless walking trails in the woods. Caroline takes daily walks with her pup, Wrangler, and collects birch bark from the forest floor right after it has fallen from the tree. Goddard holds a BA from Brown University and recently completed her studies at SALT institute for documentary studies at Maine College of Art. When not in the studio, the artist works as a freelance photographer shooting stories and weddings along the coast of New England. @hopestatestyle 

Vena Gu, “Remembrance Series” oil painting, 2018

Vena Gu was born and raised in Beijing, China and studied fine art and fresco painting at The Surikov Art Institute in Moscow. This is Gu’s second year living in Providence with her dear husband, photographer, Jiehao Su, who received his masters in photography from RISD last spring. Vena paints by natural light every day in her home studio on the Westside. She enjoys wintery walks and a good borscht. @weina102400 

Adrian King, Teapot, 2018

Adrian King grew up in Massachusetts and lives in Portland, Maine. He has a degree in ceramics from Maine College of Art and apprenticed legendary potter, Mark Hewitt for 4 years in North Carolina. After his apprenticeship, the artist was welcomed back to MECA as the ceramics studio technician. Adrian loves visiting Providence and sitting down for a delicious beer at Julian’s. @adriankingpottery