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Distributed August 27, 2004
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Sept. 11 through Oct. 26, 2004
Bell Gallery To Present InVisible Silence International Group Exhibition

The David Winton Bell Gallery will present a new group exhibition titled InVisible Silence Sept. 11 through Oct. 26, 2004, featuring artists from Israel, Brazil, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Japan and the United States. An opening reception is set for Friday, Sept. 10; participating artist Yael Bartana will discuss her work on a date and time yet to be announced. Both events and the exhibition are free and open to the public.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The David Winton Bell Gallery will present a new group exhibition titled InVisible Silence, featuring seven artists from across the globe: Yael Bartana of Israel, Sandra Cinto of Brazil, Regi Müller of Switzerland, Yoshihiro Suda of Japan, Su-Mei Tse of Luxembourg, and Fred Sandback and Kate Shepherd of the United States. The exhibit opens Sept. 11 and continues through Oct. 26, 2004.


Su-Mei Tse    Echo
DVD projection, 2003
Photo courtesy of the artist

An opening reception is scheduled Friday, Sept. 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bell Gallery. In addition, artist Yael Bartana will discuss her art projects and films on a date and time to be determined. The exhibit, reception and lecture are all free and open to the public.

A multimedia exhibition that includes video projections, sculptural installations, painting and wall drawing, InVisible Silence was inspired by the writings of French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, particularly his unfinished manuscript The Visible and the Invisible, according to curator Vesela Sretenovic.


Kate Shepherd
Tight Floor on Midnight Blue, Turnsies (2002)
Photo courtesy Galerie Lelong, New York

“The exhibition delves into his notion of silence, not as muteness, lack of content or absence of meaning, but rather of silence as a background of language, operating non-verbally via implicit, sensible meanings,” said Sretenovic. “The aim of the exhibition is to present works, which although diverse in their concepts, approaches and media, embody this notion of silence and evoke a feeling of speechless, sensuous knowing. ... These works are thought-provoking and exceed the initial corporeality of experience, thus underlining the affective power of art.”

The participating artists:

  • Yael Bartana, Trembling Time (projection). Born in Israel, in 1970, Bartana lives and works in The Netherlands and Israel. She received a B.F.A. from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She has exhibited throughout Europe and the United States in venues that include Oxford and Liverpool, England; Frankfurt, Germany; New York City and Cambridge, Mass. Her films have been presented at festivals in Germany, The Netherlands, France and New Mexico.
  • Sandra Cinto (untitled wall drawing). Cinto was born in 1968 in Santo André, Brazil, and now lives and works in Sao Paulo. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from Teresa D’Avila Academy in Sao Paulo, where she has had several solo exhibitions. In addition, her work has been presented at the XXIV Bienal de Sao Paulo and featured at galleries in Madrid, New York City, Boston and San Diego.
  • Regi Müller, Galaxies (installation). Born in Switzerland in 1956, Müller was trained as a textile designer and later as a graphic designer. She attended the Arts and Crafts School in Zürich and studied at California State University–Chico, and now divides her time between Zürich and New York. Müller’s work has been exhibited at galleries and museums in Brooklyn, the Bronx and New York City; Amherst, Mass.; and in Kirchberg, Katharinen and St. Gallen, Switzerland.
  • Fred Sandback, Corner Construction (installation). Born in 1943 in Bronxville, N.Y., Sandback received a B.A. in philosophy at Yale, then studied sculpture at the Yale School of Arts and Architecture, where he earned an M.F.A. He lived and worked in New York prior to his death in 2003. Since the late 1960s, Sandback’s work has been exhibited widely from New York City and Houston, to Sydney and Zürich. In 1981 the Dia Art Foundation established the Fred Sandback Museum in Winchendon, Mass.; it remained open until 1996. Dia also presented exhibitions of Sandback’s work in 1988 and 1996–97 and currently has a number of his works on permanent display in their newly opened space at Dia in Beacon, N.Y.
  • Kate Shepherd, Tight Floor on Midnight Blue, Turnsies (painting). Shepherd was born in 1961 in New York City. She holds a B.A. from Oberlin College in Ohio and an M.F.A. from the School of Visual Art in New York. Shepherd, who now resides and has a studio in New York, has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe, including shows in New York City, Paris, Boston, Santa Fe and Marfa, Texas.
  • Yoshihiro Suda, Ma (installation). Suda was born in Yomanshi, Japan, in 1968. He received a B.A from Tama Art University in Tokyo, where he now lives and works. His work has been featured internationally in venues in London, Paris and Lille (France), Kyoto and Nagoya (Japan), Ottawa, New York City, Chicago and Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • Su-Mei Tse, Echo (projection). Born in Luxembourg in 1973, Tse holds a degree in music from the Conservatoire de Musique, a B.F.A. in textile and painting from the Ecole Nationale Superiéure des Arts Appliqués and a diploma in Fine Arts from the Ecole Nationale Superiéure des Beaux-Arts, all in Paris. Now living and working in Luxembourg and Paris, Tse has participated in numerous group exhibitions in France, Luxembourg and Switzerland. This is the first showing of her art in the United States. Her three-part installation air-conditioned – which included Echo – was selected to represent the Luxembourg Pavilion at the 2003 Venice Biennale, where she received the Golden Lion.

The David Winton Bell Gallery is on the first floor of List Art Center, 64 College St. It is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (401) 863-2932.


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