The Avenue Concept is proud to present INFLUX, an explosion of public art in Providence.
The projects of INFLUX feature more than 20 works of art by local, national, and international artists–and include murals, sculptures, mosaics, and active/visual performances. The projects are concentrated in two locations: downtown Providence and the “Cultural Corridor” between Classical and Central High Schools.
This festival of events and installations will be growing over the next few years. The best way to learn about the new art that is happening is to sign up for our email list here.
Scroll down for a more in-depth look at the artists of INFLUX.
Artists and their projects
Gillian Christy – Wheels with Wings
Gillian Christy’s work explores the idea of following a path and creating forms that depict discovery through flight. In this sculpture, wheels with wings fly and bounce along tracks that weave playfully around the sculpture. They appear as energetic forces, part rolling wheel or part wheel in flight expressing speed and motion.
JaeHyo Lee – Lotus
Lee’s work emphasizes the essential nature and inherently complex texture of the materials. His wood-on-wood combinations can be seen as playful meditations on the multifaceted nature of wood itself.
Kurt Snell – Pentagon Helix
Kurt Snell’s approach to creating public art explores the myriad ways that sculpture interacts with the public and the elements. As the pentagons form a helix, a perfect form found in nature, the sculpture becomes a solid form with gradients of color and variations of line that change and create movement.
Gordon Moss – Red Pencil Elbow Grease
Gordon Moss approaches his art from a place of love and respect for the natural lifecycle of materials. His work uses polished and rustic steel and reclaimed timber to evoke the strength and beauty of the simple connections between materials that are still raw enough to appear that they have been left to the gutter for decades. This complementary nature is how he sees Providence.
Natalia Rak – Adventure Time
Natalia Rak’s painting is an incredible, colorful journey into a child’s imagination and childhood storybooks. Originally curated by The Avenue Concept’s partner Inoperable Gallery and sponsored by The Dean Hotel and Adler’s Hardware as part of the Providence International Arts Festival.
Bezt – She Never Came
Betz’s beautifully sad, photo-realistic mural captures the feeling of being let down and crushed in love. Originally curated by The Avenue Concept’s partner Inoperable Gallery and sponsored by The Dean Hotel and Adler’s Hardware as part of the Providence International Arts Festival.
Daniel O’Neill – Razzle Dazzle
Daniel O’Neill’s abstract mural transforms a previously plain corner into an exploration of how color, form, and light interact with the architecture. Whether viewing the mural from different angles or observing how sunlight moves across it, new lines and shapes are revealed, creating an ever-changing, dynamic experience.
PFunk & BIG NAZO – Graffiti Mural Trolls
This interactive collaboration by Rhode Island mural artist PFunk and BIG NAZO featured the 2D mural paired with original, human-powered “Graffiti Mural Trolls” fabricated by BIG NAZO. As moving elements within the mural, the trolls activated the wall and the space in the Cultural Corridor at the September 25 “Rock the Block” event.
Leah Miller & Alisan LeMay – Trash Talk
Through their temporary art installation, Leah Miller and Alisan LeMay engaged and educated viewers at the September 25 “Rock the Block” event about the global impact of the trash crisis. The artists collected garbage from around the Cultural Corridor and arranged it into info-graphics to spark conversation about local consumer habits and how to better manage waste.
Mik Shida – Untitled
Mik Shida’s free-flowing approach transforms the utilitarian smoke tower into a dynamic neighborhood icon. Each side of the tower shows a different side to his work with a gestural climax of color and surging line. Curated by Classical High School alumnus Nicholas Platzer of INOPERAbLE Gallery, Vienna, Austria.
Frank Barada – Found Objects
Frank Barada uses scrap metal to allow whimsical sculptural images to emerge through the creative process. See additional four sculptures on opposite side of the parking lot.
Nidal Fakhouri – Tile Pedestals
Nidal Fakhouri seeks to create connections through public art by transforming ordinary objects into works of art. His colorful mosaics use hand-crafted porcelain tiles adorned with various silkscreened imagery to redefine the role of ceramics in the public realm.
Oscar Sosa Lopez & Diana Graizbord – Providence Itineraries
The artists combine photography, ethnography, and oral history to tell the story of three Providence residents and their experiences during their high school years and beyond. Touching on diverse issues such as economic conditions, family, and race, the main focus of the installation is their experiences of the city of Providence.
DAK.1NE – Anchored
In Hawaiian culture whales are the keepers of knowledge. DAK.1NE’s mural brings this strong symbol and the colors of Hawaii to Providence. Meshing these ancient stories with a modern approach is the intertwining of mother sperm (representing Rhode Island) and humpback (representing Hawaii) whales and their calves overlaying the handprints of our students. All of this is surrounded by the life cycle of cosmos.