Printed works by 3 artists featured at airport GREEN SPACE


An art exhibit, The Printed Peculiarity of Place, is on display now through Jan. 4, 2014 at GREEN SPACE, an art gallery at Green Airport that presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists.

GREEN SPACE, a partnership between the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The gallery will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers. GREEN SPACE is located in the airport terminal where the skywalk meets the main building. Art is exhibited on both levels of the terminal.  

This exhibition presents printed works by three artists who offer particular worlds – both existing and imagined – for viewers to explore. It features large and small-scale works by Allison Bianco, Maria DiFranco and Kim Salerno. Their works merge a contemporary sensibility with traditional techniques, classical compositions and iconographic storytelling to evoke our overwhelming sense of occupying the places they depict.

Allison Bianco employs a range of printmaking techniques, including intaglio and screen-printing, to explore nostalgia and its associated sense of longing. Many of her images depict familiar New England locations – coastal Matunuck, The Old Man of the Mountain – and suggest the manufacturing of memories that blur past and present.

Maria DiFranco approaches printmaking with a sense of cultural conservation, capturing a contemporary sense of place by combining cultural symbols, folklore and mythology with current depictions of particular locales. Her recent series of etchings entitled “Providence Through the Centuries” references the complexities of the city’s cultural, economic, architectural and political history.

Kim Salerno generates vivid interpretive landscapes using digital manipulation of found imagery. Her painterly prints evoke natural landscapes in which pattern and repetition verge on chaos, suggesting nature’s fragile equilibrium. 

The artists were selected for this exhibition by an accomplished panel: Peter Crump, owner of design-build firm Site Specific; Rossana Martinez, artist and co-director of MINUS SPACE; and Sue McNally, artist.


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