Assembly: After School Special
Contemporary Art Gallery
Part of Locally Made’s One Room.
In Assembly, gather for casual meetings of the minds and unexpected happenings curated by local artists and designers. Congregate for poetry readings, sonic performances, movement, projection, and more.
After School Special is an evening of performance, interactive installation, video and general antics. Curators Matthew Lawrence and Jason Tranchida have pulled together a group of local artists, designers and performers who are creating collaborative new work. Be prepared for an evening of moral dilemmas and a celebration of all things extracurricular! — Jason Tranchida
Mary Paula Hunter
Free with museum admission.
Jason Tranchida is a designer, artist and publisher based in Providence RI. In 2002 he launched LLAMAproduct, an inter-disciplinary firm offering graphic design, branding, marketing, project and event development, exhibit design, and fabrication. Jason co-founded Headmaster, the biannual art magazine for man-lovers, with fellow publisher/editor Matthew Lawrence. Now on its sixth issue, Headmaster is an assignment-based, print publication that challenges artists to investigate themes of masculinity and sexuality.
Matthew Lawrence is a writer, editor, publisher, curator, and event planner based in (and originally hailing from) Providence, Rhode Island. He is one of the founding editors of Headmaster, the biannual art magazine for man-lovers, and he runs Not About The Buildings, an independent literary events organization known for its spelling bees, micro-memoir writing workshops, and marathon readings of very short novels. He is currently “working on a novel.”
Hannah Abelow is a painter, video artist and maker of many things. Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, she is currently living and working in Providence, Rhode Island.
Drawing from such diverse influences as cartoons, street art and surrealism, Stoughton, Massachusetts native Joshua Baptista inventively expresses the complexities of loss, loneliness and ennui through intricately rendered ink and gauche drawings of a uniquely stylized, but distinctly New England, cityscape. As the subject of most of his work, Baptista’s characters congregate in scenes that recall both a teenager’s wake and a neighborhood block party envisioned by Bosch, punctuated by improbable architecture and encroaching wilderness. Baptista began his professional studies at the prestigious Accademia di Belli Arte in Italy before earning his BFA at Montserrat College of Art where his achievements were recognized with the Award of Excellence and inclusion in Beverly’s 301 Gallery. A period of prolific creation and inspired journeys to places as different like Alaska and Thailand introduced techniques and informed the emerging aesthetic that he honed in the MFA program at American University. Exhibits at the Katzen Museum, The Conant Gallery and the Rochester Museum of Fine Art and publication in Juxtapose Magazine continue to demonstrate Baptista’s dedication to creating images that are compelling yet accessible, confrontational yet relevant.
Gloria Gardenburger is the Providence underground’s psychedelic swingin’ stepmom. Influenced by her old friends Rip Taylor, Mrs. Roper, and H.R. Pufnstuf, Gloria believes in better living through laughter, costume, and big hair.
PAULA HUNTER is a Providence-based performance artist/choreographer/writer whose work combines text and movement in a bittersweet swirl of quirkiness. Hunter began talking and dancing early in her career when she realized that life with her gambling Dad and her singularly odd collection of relatives offered her a built-in reservoir of hilarious stories and a downright bizarre movement style. A dancing memoirist, Hunter’s work is unique in that she completely integrates text/stories and movement.
Joseph Aaron Segal was raised in the Boston area of Massachusetts, and now resides in Providence, Rhode Island. He earned his BFA from the University of Massachusetts and completed the MFA program in Textile Design at Rhode Island School of Design in 2009. Joseph currently teaches Industrial Knitting at RISD while working as a freelance knitwear designer and lead designer for his two brands, World of JAS and Pretty Snake. He has had the opportunity to collaborate, consult and design for a variety of fashion designers, artists and yarn companies. In 2009 he launched his first high-end apparel collection, World of JAS, which features clothing created with specialty knitted and printed textiles. The World of JAS and Pretty Snake collections are sold in boutiques and online shops globally from Providence, RI to Kyoto, Japan and have been featured in Stitches,Surface and Fiber Arts Magazine. Joseph can also be found as a cast member on the 11th season of the Emmy nominated reality television show, Project Runway, aired on the Lifetime network.
Matthew Underwood is an artist based out of Providence, Rhode Island. His work has screened in Z KM and also the European Media Art Festival in Germany. He has recently worked closely with the Institute for Electronic Art (Alfred, NY), The Experimental Television Center (Owego, NY), and RK Projects (NYC).