by Sara Farizan
PROVIDENCE-As of 2001, Gallery Z has been known to display eclectic and thought provoking art while also reaching out to the Providence, Rhode Island community of art enthusiasts, tourists and even locals who would like to enjoy a bit of wine while gazing at unusual and exceptional art.
The gallery’s 104th show proves to be a crowd pleaser with 18 artists showcasing their work, twelve photographers and six sculptors.
The pieces are so different and the artists perspectives so unique, there is almost assuredly a piece for every visitor to enjoy.
A color photograph of an ocean coastline may catch your eye, only to be distracted by a black and white photograph of young boys praying in a mosque.
Small moments are captured like village women staring meekly out of a doorway or larger moments like a young couple on their wedding day holding their baby in a crowded square. Nude photographs of women on the cusp of self exploration juxtaposed with photographs of a young couple dancing for a crowd in the street will make you think, pursue new ways of thinking and feel invigorated about what art can do for the spirit.
The sculptures vary from female bodices draped in roses to a tea kettle that Alice in Wonderland would find divine. Figurines with smooth textures stand out as much as colorful statues of haughty women wrapped in colorful dresses.
All of the artists featured have been working artists for at least 5 years up until 50 years and the variety of experience and vision begins June 16th from 5-9 p.m. and the exhibit ends July 2nd.
Do yourself a real favor by seeing the show on June 30th from 5-7 p.m. where wine and food will be provided in partnership with Marriage Equality Rhode Island. The gallery hours are Mon – Wed: by appointment and by chance (401.454.8844), Thurs – Sat: 12 – 8 p.m. and closed Sundays