Stop Three: AS220 Project Space, New Work by Brian Whitney and Johnny Adimando
One last stop this afternoon to see this show before it comes down tomorrow. I came specifically to see Brian Whitney’s work. I was first introduced to this new PVD resident late last fall by Cade Tompkins and here we are just a few months later at his first official show in Providence. He is undoubtedly a master of the exacto knife, though I do recall him telling me he uses a more intense blade to do what I would describe as sculpting and we all know how I feel about sculpture. The nine works in the show are labor intensive requiring an attention to detail and patience. Working with color while throwing definitions of negative and positive space on their head, Whitney’s work is complete but still seems like it is a pitstop on the way to a larger project. But where ever he is headed, he leaves a trail of gorgeous framed layers, two of which had the coveted red sticker.
A labor of love
The other room in the space is for the new work of Johnny Adimando. Working in black and white, I was pulled into his graphite, ink on frosted mylar. The lines were so crisp and designs so graphic. These three were by far my favorite of his in the show. Most of his work felt very tribal, leaving me to wonder if he had any native american in his heritage.
Exhausted but definitely not disappointed by my afternoon… though still kinda disturbed by the drive back to the house. I also counted cops and detectives walking.. on foot.. over the bridge on to Broadway. Today really was such a weird day.