Norwegian artist Per Barclay has a three-part exhibit on view this summer at Newport’s Redwood Library. Oil Room, a reflective pool of oil on the floor of the Redwood’s little summer house, is pretty straightforward and not much to look at. (Over the past thirty years he’s done way cooler variations of this project.) Far more effective is Barclay’s buzzing greenhouse, a glass structure in the middle of the library that busily sprays water, as if mindlessly watering plants that aren’t actually there. Curator Leora Maltz-Leca will discuss the exhibition, which also includes photographs of Barclay’s earlier work. (Due to an event, that room wasn’t open when I visited the gallery.)
Admission for the lecture is $20 for non-members and $10 for members. Admission to the library is $10 but free for anyone with a card from any public library in Rhode Island.