Deborah Baronas: Tribes

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Deborah Baronas: Tribes

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Deborah Baronas’ current solo exhibit at Wheeler is harder to like than her previous shows at ArtProv and Van Vessem Gallery. That’s because the tribes referenced in the show’s title are threefold: cops, soldiers, and the artist’s own family. Along one wall are studies – charcoal drawings, prints on glass, and dyed linen scrims – for a public art commission at the State Police barracks in Lincoln. (I have no desire to ever see the interior of any State Police barracks, so will settle for these studies.) The running cops are alluring, as are Rhode Island Troopers’ uniquely Mountie-ish uniforms, though I can’t actually endorse an uncritical celebration of the tribalism of law enforcement. It’s much easier to appreciate the more romantic scenes from distant wars, like the portraits on glass of World War I soldiers, or the accordion-wielding Soviet and American soldiers toasting the end of World War II. The show closes Wednesday.

January 08 2019


Date: January 8, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Chazan Gallery at Wheeler School

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Providence, RI 02906 United States

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