The Whistler (Blog)

ON VIEW – If A Tree Falls

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

World’s Fair Gallery presents, If A Tree Falls, New 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!

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

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

WORLD’S FAIR IN BROOKLYN!

Join us this Wednesday, December 5th, 6-9PM

at Honey’s, 93 Scott Ave, Brooklyn 11237 for:
 

JOAN WYAND’S “CRUDE CONSTELLATION”

An installation of cast porcelain shoreline trash sculpture

Opening Reception: December 5th, 6-9PM

+ insane Flowerbomb mead cocktails by Little Bitte

Not in New York?

Help us connect the constellation by forwarding this with a little note

to your favorite humans in New York. We love and appreciate you!

Wondering what we’re up to?

We’re working on our Pop-up gallery model!

Join us and be part of the fabulous festivities!

Show thru December 5th-15th

Ted Lee’s Open Errors

Join us Friday, October 19th from 6-9PM at @worldsfairgallery for the opening reception of Open Errors – New Paintings by Ted Lee paired with hand blown glass vessels by The Glass Station Studio in Wakefield, RI.

Lee’s colorscapes are immediate and ebullient, each painting radiates a vibrant blast of honesty through a single swipe of gouache.

This collection of work is the culmination of the first Whistler Residency at World’s Fair Gallery.

Glass vessel pairing by artists Eben & Jen @theglasstation in Wakefield, RI.

Cocktails by @littlebitteartisanalcocktails

Ted Lee is a painter & musician from Providence, RI. He owns @feedingtuberecords an independent record label in Florence, MA.

Conversations in Clay

Artist Kelli Rae Adams uses tactile mediums, such as sculpture and ceramics to explore how people think about labor. Her installations, during her time in RISD’s graduate program in sculpture and in exhibits at Brown University’s Bell Gallery, the Wassaic Project in New York, and museums and studios in Denmark, the UK and Portugal have featured clay sculptures and pickling jars – both of which are often reused when the exhibition ends.

Following a bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts and Spanish at Duke University, Kelli spent five years in the town of Kyushu, Japan, teaching English and learning to make pottery under teacher Tesruo Hatabe. She “fell in love with the place and the material” and also with yoga and meditation. For her final critique at RISD, she created a yoga mat out of 80 pounds of clay and performed her practice on it, with a stop-motion video that showed imprints being made in the mat without her body in the frame. The clay was recycled at the end.

Sometimes, she will have an entire floor of clay for visitors to remove their shoes and step on; one depicted a ten-by-ten-foot space with paint showing the types of tiny living areas and dimensions that so many Third World families occupy. A sculpture of clay dominoes, fired and unfired, has featured in many shows, with the ancient three monkeys motif on their backs. More than once, a visitor has accidentally knocked over the first domino, and the rest have come crashing down.

While some guests and the venue itself were initially shocked at the unplanned chaos, Kelli says she secretly “kind of wanted it to happen all along – I just hadn’t yet gone there myself and tested it.” When the Wassaic Project finally agreed to allow deliberate viewer participation, Kelli found her own “intentions for interacting” challenged when she arrived one day to find kids building towers out of the dominoes.

At first uncertain, she realized, “It’s totally my yoga practice. It’s that letting go. So often the work is talking to me or teaching me lessons I need to learn about impermanence.”
Kelli’s most recent exhibition, “Curing Time,” teamed up with Willa Van Nostrand at her new World’s Fair Gallery on Broadway. A rainbow of jars of pickled, local seasonal produce fills one wall; the other holds clay tablets “tracking incidental labor” with marks counting numbers of hours spent, for example, in washing dishes and making trips to farmers markets. The USDA recommends two pints of food per day, so each pair of jars represents a day’s efforts. In some exhibits, individuals have been able to barter goods and services in exchange for one of the jars. The exhibit poses the question: “What’s your currency?”

Kelli’s family has practiced pickling for generations. “Yes, they’re this beautiful aesthetic thing,” she says, “but I also think that they speak to labor in a pretty strong way.” Even if it’s not explicit, she says, “there’s a read of, ‘Wow, that’s a lot of work’” – something that a can of produce at the supermarket does not convey.

This year, provided certain grants are secured, Kelli is planning a “fairly ambitious” project involving a cross-country trip to address the student loan debt which is “crippling the economy.”

 

Providence Monthly Article Here