Assembly: BE GOOD, WORK HARD, DO STUFF with Anna Shapiro
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.
Tom West curates BE GOOD, WORK HARD, DO STUFF, from 10/15 - 10/20.
be good = a mantra passed on to me from my grandpa and his ability to befriend an entire neighbor hood and treat them all like family. his quote “be as good as you can to everyone around you, and things will always go your way”.
work hard = the deterioration of work ethic in our country is almost impossible to deny anymore. the effects have made it hard for all. working hard at accomplishing something is ALWAYS the key. If you want to be a successful painter (or any trade), keep the brush in your hand. The rest will work it self out. Work work work. Sweat sweat sweat. always!
do stuff = the cure to everything (depression, hunger, failure, boredom, physical unhealthiness etc.).
The creatives I chose to do this week with me at RISD share these views. We all support and push each other along. they are my family. — Tom West
10/20: Anna Shapiro
Knit-a-slicK: It happens as a lifetime evolves; stories and paths connect and intersect. This Assembly is a moment like visiting hours on a porch on a Sunday afternoon. Within this space we become woven paths through the fabric of the creative communities here in Providence. This is slice of life, a root in the rizome. It begins with social action, craftivism, one artist knitting, then other artists assemble welcoming sound, performers, doers and makers. — Anna Shapiro
Free with museum admission.
Tom West received an honorable discharge from the US Navy and holds an Associate in Fine Arts degree from CCRI. West is a war veteran turned professional artist. His personal work tackles issues of war, politics, popular culture, religion, all through the lens of humor.
Anna Shapiro is an artist and catalyst. She is an interdisciplinary artist concerned with the connections between social and ecological issues. She has received awards and residencies for her sculptures and installations, spoken on panels about Chinese iron casting in relationship to five-element medicine and on panels about ecofeminis. She is published in alternative papers as well. Anna is known as the “wavelady” for her ongoing activities and performances of making waves. Anna has also catalyzed many creative industries in Boston and Rhode Island from art spaces and festivals to alternative grocery stores and mobile hydroponic gardens. She is currently investigating molten metal, teaching welding and iron casting and inspecting all things crafted from metal. Meanwhile she is developing an open source knitting pattern of an oil slick. Her studio is in Providence RI.