The gallery space at the Jamestown Arts Center has become one of the most exciting places to experience art and design in southern Rhode Island. Because of its large size and high ceiling height, the space is unique and lends itself to a variety of exhibits in both two and three dimensions as well as installations. Please contact Exhibitions Director Karen Conway at email@example.com for questions related to the gallery.
Above image: Xander Morro, Nebraska 1 (detail), 2015, Quilted and Silkscreened fabric with embroidered patches, 6’ x 5’
OUTDOOR ARTS EXPERIENCE (OAE)
Island-wide Temporary Exhibition
Celebrating the JAC’s 10th Anniversary!
Explore 10 public installations
June 27 – October 31, 2020
Site-specific Ephemeral Environmental Installation
By Robin Crocker
Located in the Jamestown Arts Center parking lot, 45 feet in diameter
Opening Friday, June 12th!
On view until it fades.
No Appointment Needed.
Please maintain social distancing while interacting with the installation.
Photo credit Drone Ability
Artist Robin Crocker is creating a painted maze based on the ancient labyrinth or maze found in Chartres Cathedral, circa 1200, for the Jamestown Arts Center parking lot. The maze is intended to be walked. Participants follow the convoluted pathway as it winds to the center. The maze is an invitation to enjoy a walking meditation, an existential journey to one’s core. Her color choices (purple, black, and gold) express the sacred nature of the experience.
In the design, Crocker incorporates the closing text from Samuel Beckett’s novel, The Unnameable – “You must go on. I can’t go on. I’ll go on.” “You must go on” marks the entrance into the maze. Gold medallions are spaced 6 feet apart (to ensure social distancing while interacting with the installation) stenciled alternately with “I can’t go on” and “I’ll go on” dotting the pathway through the maze.
In celebration of Community, the maze is a destination, a shared space that invites each member of the community to enter and experience a private navigation to the center; a metaphor for one’s journey through life. The sorrow and uncertainty of life – “I can’t go on”, with the joy, acceptance, and inevitability of life – “I’ll go on” are passed over like a rhythmic chant. The maze inspires the contemplation of opposites as one considers the physical and spiritual journey, life and death, the solitary self in relation to one’s membership in community.
Crocker states: “Paradoxically, we must retreat from community to aid community right now. In the midst of this global pandemic, faced with deeply rooted social injustice and political divide, now is a crucial time to contemplate our role, our impact, as part of this whole. A journey through Beckett’s Maze offers an opportunity for this much needed introspection.”
Robin Crocker is a Bristol, Rhode Island, based artist working with written text to create a sculptural experience. Merging form with idea, the ancient labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral with Samuel Beckett’s deeply self-conscious musings about consciousness, she invites the viewer to become a participant. One-time head of the Patina Department for the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute for Sculpture, Robin draws upon her surface finishing expertise to paint Beckett’s Maze: Go On, for the Jamestown Arts Center. Robin’s work appears courtesy of the Atelier Newport.
k. funmilayo aileru, Mary-Kim Arnold, Jacques Bidon
Laura Lamb Brown-Lavoie, Ian J. G. Cozzens, Becci Davis
Jeremy Ferris, Gaby Hurtado-Ramos, Janaya Kizzie
Jazzmen Lee-Johnson, Benjamin Lundberg Torres Sánchez
Walker Mettling, SIRAP, Shey ‘Rí Acu’ Rivera Ríos, Jay Simple, Kei Soares Cobb
Exhibition Dates: September 26 – November 7, 2020
Gallery Hours: Wed. Fri. Sat. 11am – 3pm + Thurs. 4 – 7pm, or by appointment
About the Exhibition:
Media captures much more information than it communicates explicitly.
The content of print media, broadcast, and digital spaces builds landscapes of information in sometimes unintended, yet revealing ways. The necessity to sift through this information creates a space where the public experiences chance encounters with content that fall outside the lines of their intended searches. What happens when an article seems to align with a nearby advertisement, or a story is morphed through acts of translation between formats, or when information is expanded, disputed, or disrupted by live commentary, annotation, and editing?
Given this shifting terrain, what are our responsibilities as consumers, curators, as sculptors of reality?
The gallery space at the Jamestown Arts Center has become one of the most exciting places to experience art and design in southern Rhode Island. Because of its large size and high ceiling height, the space is unique and lends itself to a variety of exhibits.
If you are interested in showing your work or curating a show, you must submit a proposal to the exhibition committee. We strongly urge you to visit the space first so that you understand its possibilities and limitations. We are also very interested in collaborating with other spaces and organizations, particularly outdoors in Jamestown.
The gallery is currently booked through 2021.
Please note the gallery space is also used for monthly film screenings, theatre productions, concerts, JAC talks, and other events. All sculpture and installations must be movable to accommodate other programming.