PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the Department of Art,
Culture + Tourism invite you to visit the Gallery at City
Hall for its newest installation: Square Knots and Tightropes:
Collaborations and Multi-Genre Work by Keri King and Michael Gabrielle. This
exhibition features macramé and illustration as well as archival elements that
speak to process. It is on view weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm, May 17
to August 13, 2018.
An opening reception will be held on
Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 4:30pm to 6:30pm on the second floor of Providence
City Hall, 25 Dorrance Street. The exhibition and
reception are free and open to the public.
Michael Gabrielle's macramé tapestries are optical illusions.
The tapestries are three-dimensional sculptures, but often feel like they exist
in two-dimensions when they lay flat or mark a threshold. King's illustrations
on paper, each lovingly extracted from an esoteric primary source, similarly
conflate perceptions of depth; they are flattened by digital tools, but are
enlivened when brought into conversation with an audience.
Gabrielle and King say that PVDFest public art commissions
enabled them to face new conceptual and formal challenges with their work.
Indeed, the festival's multi-genre formats invite a special kind of engagement
from audiences, but so too do the walls of the Gallery at City Hall. With its
staid mayoral portraits and elaborate gold filigrees, City Hall's second floor
gallery becomes a stage for a series of magical encounters between Gabrielle
and King, perhaps even a portal to another world. Square Knots and
Tightropes is an occasion for both of them to look back at their
experiences prior to, and during, PVDFest while pushing each other to reach for
astounding new heights.
About the Artists:
Michael Gabrielle is
an artist based in Providence, RI. After studying visual arts and psychology at
Brown University, he now works as the Program Director for PeaceLove, an
expressive arts organization focused on mental health and wellness. Gabrielle
helps people to use creative means to express themselves authentically and heal
emotionally. In his personal art practice, he uses tools and techniques derived
from macramé and fiber arts, drawing and illustration, woodworking and
Keri King is a cross-disciplinary
artist based in Providence, RI. An adventurous and adaptable visual storyteller,
King's work spans the worlds of public art, illustration, and design for
theater. In the studio, King generates her imagery through an integrated
process of collage, research, and drawing. In the community, King’s
recent projects have included work with Providence Public Library, the
Pawtucket Arts Festival the Wilbury Theatre Group. King teaches integrated arts
to students K-8 at the Wolf School, where her lessons help students to build
cognitive and sensory bridges between classroom curricula and the arts.