[Old/New] Psychedelic Providence highlights current manifestations of the psychedelic in the productions of artists living and working in Providence, Rhode Island today. Some iterations involve the typical combination of kaleidoscopic color, intricate rendering and sharply delineated layouts. Still abound are references to Op Art, craft, pop, counterculture and sci-fi ambience. Trippy landscapes allude to the prevalence of the city’s motley mix of Victorian tradition and scenery. Un-stereotypical references to drugs and party culture pop up every once in a while, too. But graphic form and streamlined composition come together in ways they have not before. There is less visual overload, fewer references to collected display and cultural otherness, and more sensitivity towards repetition. The artists in this exhibition restrain the wildest of ways into compact arrangements. They organize dreamy surreal-ness into tight units and orderly editions, suggesting that the psychedelic, while inspirationally boundless, needs some limits… even in psychedelic Providence.
Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Chicago, Illinois
Public Reception: Sunday
12 PM–3 PM
PC–G in Chicago: [Old/New] Psychedelic Providence
Heather Leigh McPherson
Nadia Haji Omar
PC–G, in collaboration with Tiger Strikes Asteroid Chicago, a new gallery in Chicago’s West Garfield Park neighborhood, is thrilled to co-present TSA Chicago’s inaugural exhibition [Old/New] Psychedelic Providence, a group show featuring emerging and mid-career artists from Providence, Rhode Island.
This show is supported by PC–G as part of its Many Cities, One Providence exhibition series, which imports the art and ideas of artists practicing in cities around the world, while exporting those of artists living and working in Providence. In the near future, PC–G will import to Providence the art and ideas of Chicago-based artists.