The opening party at The George C. Arnold Building (100 Washington Street) will feature a presentation of large scale paintings, in celebration of the Arnold Building Revitalization. The show was curated by Brooke Goldstein of Kiosk PVD.
The art show, RECONSTRUCTED, showcases four local artist creating large scale paintings that utilize deconstructed then reconstructed imagery and/or materials. The show theme was inspired by the devastation then renovation of the Arnold Building. The show accentuates the architecture of the Arnold Building by using the large scale works to point out the vaulted ceilings, excellent light exposure and long flow of the buildings original structure. The work displayed carefully comments on what we choose to keep from what was left behind.
“The partnership of David Stem, Lori Quinn and the Providence Revolving Fund announce the completion of the formerly-condemned George C. Arnold Building (built 1923). The Providence Redevelopment Agency (PRA) also played a pivotal role in the revitalization of this unique building. The mixed-use building houses two commercial units, and three residential units. Two of the units are rented at affordable prices. The historic building rehabilitation was self-financed by the partnership, the Downcity Fund, the Providence Redevelopment Agency and also utilized Federal and State Historic Tax Credits and City of Providence Home Funds. Come celebrate the next chapter in the Arnold Building’s history with us!”
Thursday, May 12th, from 4:30 to 7:00 pm. Music, refreshments & snacks will be provided.
More About the Artists
Siegel with her use of abstracted refraction over natural landscape welcomes the viewer into her world of infinite organic geometry. In her own words “My inner world is transformed into patches and shards, held together by intuitively created patterns and structures.” states Siegel. The paintings are both soft and architectural referencing the building blocks of life it self.
Directly inspired by the New England mill-scapes Yann Weiner literally paints with the rust and shards of our industrial past. According to Weiner “In my work, I seek to celebrate the infinite textures and memories of my surroundings, to push my work to have the same level material integrity as the landscape I live in.” This is an act of historical preservation in a sense, using relics of where we come from to paint our future.
Responding to the local graffiti culture, John Jacobson reclaimed layers of scraped off and chipping spray paint for use as a medium in his own drawing and painting practice. “I was also directly reacting to what came before me and using it which is generally unaccepted” Jacobson notes. His work was inspired by public art and is meant to be reincorporated into the same street culture that the materials came from.
“I’ve always been drawn to aged materials such as rusted metal, discolored newspaper and weathered wood.” explains Dinge. This may be why his work resonates so well with the mood of the renovated Arnold building. His remarkably intentional free form abstractions tell a story of the moment. They resonate the sentiment that we are here now and everything that came before brought us to this place.