2015 Brown University Faculty Exhibition

David Winton Bell Gallery
Brown University

November 7, 2015 - December 21, 2015

The 2015 Faculty Exhibition presents new and recent works by 20 artists from across Brown University’s faculty at the David Winton Bell Gallery. This year’s exhibition reflects the creative, cross-disciplinary spirit that is integral to the arts at Brown. In the spirit of Brown’s open curriculum and the unique role of the arts across the campus, the exhibition is a shared space where form, tone, and theme resonate across medium, technique, and discipline.

Interaction and participation is a shared concern for many of the artists. Elizabeth Donsky’s ink drawings installed on a clothes rack allow visitors to handle and sort through her work. Butch Rovan’s collaboration with Jerry Mischak is a musical sculpture that can be played by touching its surface. John Cayley’s The Listeners invites visitors into a sound booth to converse with the computer intelligence “Alexa.” Similarly, Todd Winkler’s installation allows visitors to peel away layers of video images by moving, while Paul Myoda’s interactive sculpture transforms List Art Center Lobby into a kinetic display of light, shadow, and form.

The intricate network of ink lines in Martin Smick’s drawing Elemental Mutations shares a sensibility towards surface and texture found in Theresa Ganz’s photographs Serpentine 1 - 4. Explorations of surface, landscape, and place echo between Ed Osborn’s treatment of Antarctica in flyover, Forrest Gander’s poetic treatment of the desert in The Trace: fever dream, and Leigh Tarentino’s paintings Abfluent Exurbs and Hedgespiration.

Richard Fishman’s carbon fiber and elm slab sculpture finished with a flowing epoxy surface introduces a theme of translation and transformation between states, media, and forms, a sensibility complemented by Eddie Villanueva’s Platform which translates a historic aerial photograph of the Beatles into a wall-mounted sculpture. Similarly, Leslie Thornton’s Binocular Menagerie transforms animals into kaleidoscopic compositions of repeated forms, colors, and textures.

Hilary Doyle’s paintings of towels and washcloths are subtle studies of tone and texture of everyday manmade things, a sensibility shared with Ellie Iron’s installation of color palettes derived from plants from Bushwick and the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Such tonal and textural esxploration is also found in Leslie Bostrom’s new works in watercolor with propane torch and Kathryn Parker Almanas’s still-life photographs of flowers and fruit knit together by fabric and thread.

Overtones of social and political critique are found in Tony Cokes exploration of appropriated text to address fascism in his video Face Value Pt. 1 (LvT), while Khalid Kodi’s watercolor Bashir and Hassan confronts iconic dictators of Africa with his style of colorful abstraction. Similarly, Wendy Edward’s new paintings continue her ongoing negotiation of male Masters’ depiction of flowers, transforming what may be art historical references into painterly meditations on substance and flow.

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Thornton - Binocular Menagerie

Leslie Thornton
Binocular Menagerie, 2014
Digital video, Running time: 2:50
Commissioned by Times Square Alliance for Midnight Moments, May 2014.

Smick_13 copy

Martin Smick
Elemental Mutations, 2015
Pen on rag paper

Rovan synodic

Butch Rovan & Jerry Mischak
SYNODIC, 2013-2015
Wood, plastic, foam, vinyl tape, touch sensors, computer, interactive sound synthesis, speakers and diagram


Ed Osborn
flyover, 2002 (2015)
Single-channel HD video w/sound, b/w, Running time: 56:30
Images courtesy of the New Zealand Antarctic Institute Antarctic Collection, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Myoda - Hexagonal Nimbus

Paul Myoda
Hexagonal Nimbus, 2015
Acrylic, reflective acrylic, aluminum, LEDs, infrared sensor, microprocessor

khalid kodi

Khalid Kodi
Bashir and Hassan, 2013
Mixed media on watercolor paper

Ganz - Serpentine 1 2

Theresa Ganz
Serpentine 1 & 2, 2015
Archival pigment prints

Gander Feverdream

Forrest Gander
The Trace: feverdream, 2014
Digital video, Running time: 2:12
Music by Michael Shishkov

Edwards - Lower

Wendy Edwards
Lower, 2015
Oil on canvas

Doyle - Tennis ball colored T-shirt on a hard object

Hilary Doyle
Tennis ball colored T-shirt on a hard object, 2013
Oil on canvas on wood


Elizabeth Donsky
Untitled (drawing), 2015
Watered glassine, ink, hangers, commercial display furniture


Tony Cokes
Face Value Pt. 1 (LvT), 2014
Digital video
Text by Lars von Trier, Huffington Post (5/18/2011)
Music by David Bowie "Young Americans"

Almanas - Deseed

Kathryn Parker Almanas
Deseed, 2015
Archival pigment prints