The Art Buyer’s Guide to Rhode Island
Read on to discover your new favorite artist, gallery or curator, as well as expert tips on framing, etiquette and collecting.
Word Association with RISCA’s Mollie Flannigan
We challenged Flannigan, who heads up Rhode Island State Council on the Arts’ Individual Artist programs, to name the first local artist who comes to mind with each prompt. arts.ri.gov.
Organic: “Natasha Harrison. She’s a glass artist who makes nature-inspired works that often include flower pollen and other plant products in her work. The pieces she makes are light and beautiful and deceptively simple.” natashaharrison.com
Avant-garde: “Thinking about the literal meaning of the word, I immediately jump to two artists who work at RISD: glass artist Chris Taylor (above) and printmaker Johnny Adimando. Both of them are pushing their form into the future, stretching the boundaries of what their disciplines look like.” craftadvisory.com; johnnyadimando.com
Industrial: “Paul Myoda. He’s a sculptor that incorporates light and motion into his pieces, who has been working on a series that responds to the presence of the viewer. They feel cold and machine-like, while reflecting nature and humanity.” paulmyoda.com
Tactile: “May Babcock. She’s a paper artist that uses local and invasive plants to create paper, and then uses her handmade paper to create small sculptures and installations.” maybabcock.com
Meticulous: “Tayo Heuser. She does these beautiful, complex, incredibly precise, ink drawings on paper that she makes and burnishes herself. Many of her pieces are bigger in person than you expect, and you can spend a long time looking at them.” tayoheuser.com
Whimsical: “Keri King. I love her imaginative, large pieces that surprise you in public places around Providence and Pawtucket.” kerikingstudio.com
Enigmatic: “Masha Ryskin. Her work, in a variety of media, uses everyday items and materials to imagine these abstract landscapes that feel like pieces of a bunch of different memories.” masharyskin.com
Static: “Annu [Palakunnathu] Matthew. While she has a huge, very diverse body of work, she has a few photography series about memories that feel like moments and places frozen in time.” annumatthew.com