Providence City Hall’s second floor gallery is a tough one to curate, because it’s a grand space in a giant building that’s also chopped up by mayoral portraits* and doorways to administrative offices. The green walls also work better with certain types of art. That’s evident in the current exhibition Dear You, curated by Paris Paris and featuring work by three artists working in very different media. DeadZest’s hand-painted signs look pretty cool, although I’m not quite sure what the eight pairs of words (“BEAUTY PURE”, “SILENCE BATTLE”) necessarily mean. Belinda “B” Phivilay’s photographs feature familiar Providence scenes – including City Hall, actually – though the best are the scenes of businesses at night: an ice cream window, or the neon of Ardente Supply Co. BRIANLY’s abstract mixed-media work is worth closer inspection, though the wall-mounted work is more impressive than the crafty-looking pieces suspended from string.
*Speaking of which, David Cicilline’s long-awaited portrait will be unveiled on April 14.
pictured: BRIANLY, Untitled