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Sandra Erbacher, Scott Lawrence, Steven Pestana and Eddie Villanueva at the Wurks

  • The Wurks 45 Acorn Street Providence, RI, 02903 United States (map)

Art Speaks is a monthly artist/citizen “lecture” series we host at the Wurks. It is a chance for us to get to know our neighbors and hear them talk about something they are passionate about; whether it is their practice as a whole, a facet of their practice, a project they’re involved in, the universe or what have you.

Art Speaks takes place the Wurks’ gallery at 72 Tingley Ave, Providence, RI and will begin at 8PM.

This month The Wurks collaborated with GRIN who curated this month’s presenters. GRIN is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant in the historic Olneyville District of Providence, Rhode Island. Directed by Corey Oberlander and Lindsey Stapleton, GRIN was founded in 2013 as a space for artists to develop and exhibit their work, with a steady curatorial hand.

This month’s speakers include:

Sandra Erbacher |
Sandra Erbacher is a German artist living and working in Providence, RI. She has earned her BFA from Camberwell College of Art, London (2009) and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014). Sandra Erbacherʼs latest works examine the institutional as an abstract, formless, and bureaucratic entity. The objects incorporated in her work, whether photographic or sculptural in form are typically found within an institutional setting: an ordinary office plant, cream-coloured carpeting, a standard beige box fan, or a uniform, avocado green wall-mounted telephone. The sole purpose of the existence of these objects seems to be to organize human activity, to maximize efficiency, maintain order and thus aid in the imposition of a rule-based hierarchical system of rational control. What happens though, if said objects refuse to conform to their standard mode of operation? This is the question at the heart of Erbacherʼs inquiry. Her objects are activated through material interventions and, as a result, display a rebelliousness that could potentially pose a threat to the institutional order.

Scott Lawrence |
Scott Lawrence's work suggests a dialectics of poetics at odds with the practical. Lawrence manipulates and illustrates common objects and materials, through careful attention and experimentation invests them with both a winsome humor and traces of a seemingly crushing burden. He holds an MFA from the School of Visual Arts (NY), a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art (GA) and a B. Arch. From Auburn University (AL). 

Steven Pestana |
Working with an expansive range of media, Steven Pestana’s imagery resonates with an otherworldly visual poetry at once familiar and unreal. His latest project, Geometer, explores the means by which systems of measurement — both arbitrary and occurring naturally in the universe — both reflect and define our world. The work develops ongoing themes from his previous project, Metaphysics, which investigated how we shape our universe through the act of perception.

Eddie Villanueva |
Eddie Villanueva (b.1983, Milwaukee) received his B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is interested in the ways by which male identity manifests itself both publicly and privately. How gender, and in his case male gender, is performed and how a chasm between the personal experience and the cultural creation and sanctioning of gender identity can lead to a sense of double consciousness or personal rift within one’s sense of self. Subjects addressed in his work include emotional vulnerability, violence, control, sexuality, legacy, social hierarchies, and childhood development.

If you are interested in participating in an Art Speaks contact Lucia Carroll (