Sunday, May 26, 2019

Gradient Forest: Xylem & Phloem

my luv is increasing//and transcends common sense



MAY 2019

Monday May 27th
6 – 7:30pm
Artist Talk / Interview

Artist Andrew Moon Bain in conversation with Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez
Supported through the Art Culture and Tourism department, as part of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway Arts project, the Dirt Palace is commissioning artists to make new work in conversation with the river, its history, and the future plans for the neighborhood greenway, October 2018 - July 2019. 
Our fourth event “Gradient Forest: Xylem &Phloem” Features the installation by artist Andrew Moon Bain in our Storefront Window Gallery. Join us January this Monday the 27th at the Dirt Palace while he discusses his work with artist and curator Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez.

Here's the map of the first floor of the Ruffles Repair and Ritual: the Fine Art of Fixing show! (Map by Matt Tracy). We had a soft opening this past weekend – no worries if you missed it! We're following up soon with info on all the amazing artists in the exhibition and all the chances to see it this summer, leading up to, of course, the grand opening! (and beyond! the exhibition will be up through July 2020!)

Part of the exhibition features the Wedding Cake House Anthology, edited and curated by Mary-Kim Arnold and Taylor M. Polites. 
We're super blown away by all the amazing contributors!
Want to buy one? If so, click HERE

Also available locally at Riff Raff!!!
An Anthology of Writing in Regards to the Renovation of the Wedding Cake House. Featuring the work of: Alexis Almeida, Andrea Feldman, Angela DiVeglia, Anne Elizabeth Moore, Becci Davis, Daphne Host, Gina Mariela Rodríguez, Holly Gaboriault, Jacob Berendes, Janaya Kizzie, Joan D'Arc, Joanna Howard, Joanna Ruocco, Julia Gualtieri, Kate Irvin, Mairead Byrne, Marcia Coné, Megan Manowitz, Noraa Kaplan, Rachel Lewallen, Sara Wintz, Sasha Wiseman, Sussy Santana, Suzanne Scanlan, Tina Cane & Walker Mettling
Gradient Forest : Xylem & Phloem
Gradient Forest is a detail and reflection on appreciation of systems of water intake. I thought of the Woonasquatucket as a small forgotten river, that is just there. Something that has done so much for the community for so long and continues to yet is not considered. All the giving that has shaped it into the thin crescent it has become now. Magnified blue bristles resemble life-size nerve endings, moving from a deep blue to an aqua turquoise. This motion in color is an emotion, a transforming gradient as our bodies transform with water intake. Our mood changes when water is brought into our structure. Just as community is quenched when water is brought in. We can not have community without water present. Whether collected, piped in, carried or irrigated. This piece is subtly dressing up these water ways and tributaries in blue, gold and black. It is taking a river out for the night. They flow throughout our backstreets and collect the cities residue, forming into the groves of saplings, Sumac and grasses that burst between street cracks.

Andrew Moon Bain is a visual artist, record producer, songwriter, performing musician and part-time graphic designer. He was active in the arts growing up in Seattle, Washington and played as a cellist in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra. He also worked at Dale Chihuly’s famed “Boat House” glass studios as a young teen. He relocated to Providence, Rhode Island as a young adult and earned a BFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Bain remained in New England after earning his degree, subsequently becoming an active and integral member of Providence’s thriving art community of the era. His visual art is represented in numerous private collections, museums, and at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum.
He spent 14 years living in Brooklyn, New York working and raising his daughter, who is now studying animation at RISD. He has traveled and worked extensively in the United States, Europe, Jamaica, WI and throughout the Caribbean, which indelibly influences his life, art and music. He is a co-founder of Lustre Kings Productions, a US based reggae record label, he continues to make a significant mark in the genre of modern reggae music. He has written and produced records for compelling artists such as Wyclef Jean, Sizzla, Snoop Dogg, Major Lazer, and many others.

Bain is also one third of the ever prolific modern reggae production team, Zion I Kings, receiving a Grammy nod in 2013. for Snoop Lion, Reincarnated. He recently completed work on Jahdan Blakkamoore’s third full-length studio album, Order of Distinction, set to release winter, 2020. Right now he is working with French / New Caledonian singer, Marcus Gad.

As a visual artist, Bain is currently working at ZEA Mais printmaking studio in Florence, MA., making screen prints. He continues to be active making prints, installations, paintings and showing in the region. He is an avid gardener and naturalist. Bain now lives and works in Central Massachusetts.



I've had the utter pleasure of co-organizing "Critics Choice" a one-day show at the RISD Museum featuring  featuring 4 art interventions made in collaboration with local artists and guest critics from the pilot Look at Art. Get Paid. Please join us!

DATE Sunday, June 2, 2019
TIME 1:00pm - 4:00pm
PLACE The RISD Museum, 20 N Main St., Providence, Rhode Island

What truths, problems, and possibilities might be overlooked by regular museum goers, curators, and critics? Asserting lived experience as sufficient cred to act as a cultural critic, “Critic’s Choice” invites four Rhode Islanders who don’t visit art museums to oversee site-specific art interventions by local artists at the RISD Museum. The interventions, which will be on view for a one-day pop-up on June 2nd, push for transparency, access, and accountability.

The four critics—Stephan McCants, Laurilim Rosado, Orianna Rodriguez, and Debra Harris—first visited the RISD museum as part of Look at Art. Get Paid. (LAAGP), our socially engaged artwork that pays people who don’t go to art museums to visit one as a critic of the art and institution. "Critic's Choice" aims to address their critiques publicly through experimentation and collaboration.


"Archaeology is not just excavation (analysis). It must, in some way, synthesize (reconstruct, represent, simulate) the past." 
✿ڿڰۣ— Sista Fire RI, an organization co-creating a network of women of color to build their collective power for social, economic, and political transformation in Rhode Island, is celebrating two of their members’ birthdays with a fundraiser to sustain their work. Consider donating if you can!

✿ڿڰۣ— A collection of advocates and youth organizers in Maine just kicked off a campaign to close Long Creek, a youth incarceration facility, and invest in a continuum of community-based alternatives. I couldn’t be more proud of and excited for the work this crew is doing. Shout out to the queer and trans youth organizers of Portland Outright. ♡

Mostly trying to animate while also getting outside as much as I can.  Did you know Providence Roller Derby has bouts outside in the downtown rink this year? right next to burnside park. I'm about to make a new set of postcards so send your address to gretron at gmail if you'd like one


An image from my lil pop-up art reading room, fathom library: stitch your own sketchbook + decorate with potato stamps and natural dyes at Symposium Books. Many thanks to all who came! More pop-ups to come, follow on IG @fathomlibrary for event announcements and updates. fathom is also welcoming submissions! Just tap my name above or the image for more info.

Xander has been doing nothing but Wedding Cake House things (follow this project on IG already!!). It is/maybe always be endless. When she sleeps she dreams of flaking paint and plaster dust. But some thresholds have been crossed. Like there was a soft opening last week (don't worry, if you didn't know/make it - there will be programing all summer and another "grand" opening in September. She's excited about all of it... Anyway here's a picture of X's outfit from the opening...because outfits are feeling important these days...also a dumpster selfie with Steve (contractor who works with us endlessly) under the almost full moon.


venus in blue jeans//venus in furs/// forward to a friend