Providence, RI – Gallery Agniel announces the opening of the 2nd installation of Body of Work: a survey of contemporary art in Providence. Body of Work provides an encompassing portrait of the varied activity in Providence’s diverse art community. Gallery Agniel began this now semi-annual exhibition in the fall of 2002 with an exhibition that showcased the work of 75 Providence based artists. Body of Work affords collectors and the general public an in depth look at the established and emerging artists working in the Providence area.
Body of Work will feature installation, film & video, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, small press art books and comics. The artwork available for sale ranges in price from $5.00 to $10,000.00 and the show itself functions as a mini museum for contemporary art. Curator Sara Agniel noted that “The first installment of Body of Work drew well over 1000 people, and in the last six months the gallery has received repeated requests for another show of it’s kind. I feel that the exhibit is important for the city in many ways. First, it brings much needed exposure to a diverse group of artists and second, it allows people who are interested in contemporary art to view it all in one place. The art made in Providence can be hard to find if you don’t know exactly where to look for it. I want Body of Work to be a vehicle for bringing the best work to the public. But most importantly, the show brings people together in the presence of art that reflects what is going on in our city and our world today.”
The show will be held at the former Najarian Funeral Home at 1447 Westminster Street on Providence’s West Side. A grand old, slate shingled Victorian mansion, the four story house will be filled from basement to rafters with artwork. The building is a large and exciting space with many rooms which allow for diverse work to be shown in interesting juxtapositions and thematic installations.
This project is part of an ongoing series of exhibitions produced by Gallery Agniel that attempt to place art in interesting and provocative architectural environments. Gallery Agniel was founded in June 1998 to exhibit challenging visual art and create a public forum for the exchange of ideas in an atmosphere that brings together collectors and artists.
Body of Work opens Saturday, April 19th, 2003 with a reception from 6 – 9 PM. The reception is free and open to the public. Live performances will take place during the opening. The exhibition will be open for viewing from April 20th through April 27th, 2003 daily from 12 – 6 PM. Please contact the gallery for further details on the exhibit and artists.
Below: From right to left a view of Brian Chippendale's "Untitled" pattern prints on newspaper, his 16 print series "Journey to the Tourney", now in the collection of the RISD Museum and his silkscreen based papier mache collage "Preemptive Strike".