Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to present “Burning Down The House”, a group exhibition curated by Robert P. Stack, featuring international artists exploring issues of house and home in their work at Jamestown Arts Center from July 3 – August 15, 2015.
As children we all learn the universal symbol for house with its iconographic pentagram silhouette that serves as its own international language. Several of the works in the exhibit deal with the architectural vocabulary of this language and how we use shared visual forms to communicate.
Home is more of an emotional construct, dealing with feelings of safety, nostalgia, belonging and aspiration. Many of the artists here analyze these feelings and reflect on the social structures associated with the ideal of home. Exhibiting artists for Burning Down The House include: Jennifer Avery, Joan Backes, Frances F. Denny, Polibio Díaz, Brooke Erin Goldstein, Jon Laustsen, Philippe Lejeune, Jessica Deane Rosner, Quintín Rivera Toro, Carol Scavotto and Sophia Sobers.
The expression “Burn the house down” in clubs means to play music in a loud of frantic way in order to get the audience very excited. Similarly Yellow Peril Gallery holds as its mission to “exhibit provocative and visually arresting artwork created specifically to ignite conversations long after viewers have left the building.” With Burning Down The House, we strive to excite the audience with engaging works exploring issues familiar to us all.
Burning Down The House is presented in conjunction with the Providence Biennial for Contemporary Art, which recently featured Winter King Hawthorn by Lynne Harlow during the Providence International Arts Festival 2015.
Jamestown Arts Center will host an exhibition preview for Burning Down The House on Friday, July 3, from 6PM – 8PM as part of its Fifth Annual Summer Soirée. The Curator’s Talk + Pre-Party begins at 5PM. The Artists’ Reception is on Saturday, July 25, from 6PM – 8PM, and a Performance Evening is on Friday, August 7, from 6PM – 8PM. Burning Down The House will be on display until Saturday, August 15.
About Jamestown Arts Center The JAMESTOWN ARTS CENTER is a multi-disciplinary visual and performing arts space that hosts art exhibits, theatre and dance performances, film nights, OutLoud events and concerts, and provides art and design educational programs for people of all ages. Housed in a 5,000 square foot, former boat repair shop, the JAC is also home to the East Bay Met School’s Arts Advisory, an alternative public high school program for young visual and performing artists. Programming partners include: Heifetz International Music Institute, Community MusicWorks, RISCA, Art League of Rhode Island, Watson Farm, Jamestown Community Theatre, FabNewport, The Jamestown Schools, Providence Premieres, The Brown/Trinity Rep M.F.A. in Acting & Directing Program and many individual artists and local organizations. The Jamestown Arts Center is quickly becoming a leading arts and cultural hub, for Rhode Island and beyond, where creativity, ideas and innovation flourish. The mission of the Jamestown Arts Center is to engage, enrich and inspire our community through extraordinary arts and educational experiences. For more info about Jamestown Arts Center, visit jamestownartcenter.org.
BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE | Jamestown Art Center
QUINTÍN RIVERA TORO
BROOKE ERIN GOLDSTEIN
JESSICA DEANE ROSNER
JESSICA DEANE ROSNER + PHILIPPE LEJEUNE
FRANCES F. DENNY
FRANCES F. DENNY, My Mother’s Hands (2012) archival pigment print, 18” x 18” framed