Archived Gallery Exhibit
Kristin S. Street: Constructs Line and Form
April 1 – 30 with a Gallery Night Reception April 17, 5:00-9:00 pm
Chris Cleave Reading & Book Signing from "Little Bee"
April 17 7:00 pm
Rhode Island-based artist and art educator Kristin S. Street. has created a mixed media installation of new and innovative abstract works in two and three dimension, exploring light and shadow, line and form, creating space within the space for the URI Providence Campus Gallery.
Kristin was born and raised in Providence, graduated Hope High School and then earned a BFA in textile design from RISD. She has been teaching art at Moses Brown School from that time, where Ms. Street has also served as Department Chair, Visual Arts Coordinator and founder of the Krause Gallery. Kristin also teaches at RISD and the Maryland Institute College of the Arts where she earned an MFA in Studio Art. An active and prolific creative artist, Kristin continues to produce vibrant and innovate works in a variety of media including photography, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, and mixed media rethinking and exploring the elements of line, form, space and texture, exhibiting in museums and galleries across the country, including her involvement in Rhode Island based art collective 19 ON PAPER.
About this body of work, Street says, ”There is a moment between the beginnings of an initial idea and the creation of an object that mirrors the relationship drawn between reality and illusion. Subtle shifts in value and scale transform simple paper structures into abstractions that reference monumental forms. This collection includes digital images and a series of drawings both on paper and in space that create patterns and structures which build and combine to develop complex larger forms. Subtlety and suggestion connect these two bodies of work both through the interplay of contrasts, the delicate shifts in perception wrought with grace and fluidity of line and shape, and the juxtaposition of subtle forms and textures derived from constructed systems.”
“Line becomes the vehicle of choice in the works, moving between surfaces and planes to suggest mass and weight delineated by the willowy lines of wire drawn through the air within defined spaces, shifting between what is real and what is inferred. The interplay of light and darkness takes on a more dynamic role, highlighting and revealing the delicate shifts in structure so softly rendered in the drawn forms. These surfaces develop into interlocking components that co-join, building the illusion of space.”
Renowned and revolutionary British writer and journalist Chris Cleave will have a book signing following his reading from his forthcoming book Little Bee, a novel about a young Nigerian girl seeking asylum in Britain. Cleave suggests that, “A bomb is an ear-splitting statement, but for readers books are louder. Books make death a bullhorn through which life yells triumphant.” Oxford educated, Cleave’s first novel Incendiary is about a terrorist bombing in London that claims a thousand lives. The novel's powerful and painful debut came with its release on July 7th, 2005, the very day a series of terrorist bombings hit the London Underground taking the lives of fifty people. Cleave is presenting workshops and talks at both the URI Kingston and Providence Campus through the Honors Colloquium, the Office of the President, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for the Humanities.
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