I am not gone, but I feel as though I owe you an apology. The last couple of months have been trying and I’ve been neglectful. I have physical proof that I have still been out and about and attending openings observing the latest of what the Providence art community has to offer, but admittedly when I return back to my cave, and open a new post page, I feel a wave of exhaustion set in and my fingers lose their nimbleness to type. Motivation is a demanding mistress and lately I have been escaping her grasp to enjoy the latest episode of something online or to play fetch with my attention whore of a kitten.
Tonight I ended my hiatus and attended an opening at 186 Carpenter. I walked into the opening around 7 pm during Andrew Beccone’s reading. The readings were a collection of various sources and even though some were funny, it seemed to go on for longer than I anticipated. In addition, someone should tell Andrew and Jori that the door needs some WD-40 since we late-comers were subjected to the squeaky door, unable to sneak in undetected.
The opening featured the work of Buck Hastings, Emmy Bright, Nick Carter, and Daniela Ben-Bessat. Names that have all become familiar to me in since my arrival to this city. I am a fan of all of their work, but have been following Buck’s year. He seems over worked, and I can’t help but feel that the quality of his pieces are suffering as a result. The last two shows (this included) I have seen, where I specifically go to the opening to see what he’s been up to, something hasn’t felt right. His opening at 186 from this past winter, in my opinion, was his strongest show yet. Lately, his work seems stretched a little thin, rushed even. I think its amazing and wonderful to see how many shows he has been in since January, but this momentum is difficult on anyone. I look on my wall where his piece is that I purchased last summer and smile and feel I own the beginnings of his new body of work before he became stretched so thin. I hope he gives himself some time because he is incredibly talented.
I have also found myself becoming more and more fond of Emmy Bright’s work. I bought one of her prints at the Craftland Valentine’s Day show. I really like the topographical drawings she had in the show. Her work is always polished, beautiful, with a healthy entertaining element of tongue in cheek.
Nick Carter’s slideshow really hinted at how cluttered his studio must be with clippings and other fun treasures. Daniela’s media piece was reminiscent of my time here on my couch watching old tv shows. I’m glad to have seen another element of her oeuvre.
I didn’t stick around long at the opening, but I’m hoping that I won’t let the time drag too long between postings. I hope you can be patient with me.
love and light,