Friday, May 16, 2008

Brownell, Cozzens, Paschke, Shattuck and Shattuck

From my review of “Construction Details: Stephen Brownell and Jean Cozzens” at AS220’s Project Space and Allison Paschke, Bill Shattuck and Ben Shattuck at 5 Traverse gallery:
In “Construction Details” at AS220’s Project Space (93 Mathewson Street, Providence, through May 25), artists Stephen Brownell and Jean Cozzens meditate on a subject that has haunted Providence over the past decade — the city’s redevelopment. The lost buildings and razed homes helped politicize Providence art (a good thing) because it made politics personal and immediate — something that threatened the artists’ homes.

“Fight against speculative development: neighborhoods belong to the people who live in them,” one of Cozzens’s screenprints shouts. It also features a drawing of a woman walking past a building that seems to be under construction, while she thinks “more housing for rich people.”
Read the rest here.

Related: My review of Jean Cozzens' show at Stairwell Gallery last year.

“Construction Details: Stephen Brownell and Jean Cozzens,” AS220’s Project Space, 93 Mathewson St., Providence, May 4 to 25, 2008.
Allison Paschke, Bill Shattuck and Ben Shattuck, 5 Traverse, 5 Traverse St., Providence, May 9 to June 14, 2008.

Pictured from top to bottom: Jean Cozzens, “Six Patterns for Everyday Spaces #1-Windows,” and Stephen Brownell, “The Steel Yard #7.”


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