Solo exhibit “Puzzled: Ode/owed to Channing?”


WHAT: “PUZZLED: ODE (OWED) TO CHANNING?” New Artwork by Umberto Crenca

WHEN: Saturday, March 22nd, 5pm – 1am

WHERE: Machines with Magnets, 400 Main Street, Pawtucket RI 02860


Umberto Crenca, longtime Providence-based artist and Founder & Artistic Director of AS220, exhibits all new work at Pawtucket’s Machines with Magnets. “PUZZLED: ODE (OWED) TO CHANNING?” is Crenca’s first solo exhibition in well over two years. The show opens on Saturday, March 22nd and will run through Sunday, April 27th.

Described by the artist as “the middle of an endless purge” of “socio-political mear“, the exhibition centers around twenty new mixed-media paintings that incorporate themes from copyright to capital punishment and abortion to marijuana. Presented in a surrealistic manner, these works run the gamut from light-hearted to nightmarish — but always with a presence of cutting humor in the background. Also present will be an installation of handmade politically-themed peace flags, Crenca’s Mobile Urban Gentrification Unit, AND MORE.

5PM – 7PM // Opening reception
7PM – 1AM // Performances and Dance Party, featuring:

Hosted by: Ric Royer

Featuring performances by:

Islands (performance art; Shey Rivera & Jason Curzake)
Jared Paul (spoken word)
Cyrus Leddy (storytelling with live sound effects)
Monkeehead (ft. Umberto Crenca, Susan Clausen, Shey Rivera, Chris Anderson, & Ricardo “Dingo” Ferrer)
King Rahnu (DJ)


Free Admission.

Gallery hours during March and April are by appointment through Machines with Magnets.

An artist-signed limited edition of one the paintings was engineered and laser-cut by Lazarus Zagorsky at the AS220 Labs, and will be available for purchase.

Umberto Crenca is a visual artist, performance artist, and musician with a long exhibition and performance history. He has been both artist in residence and an exhibiting artist at the New England Center for Contemporary Art in Brooklyn, CT. Crenca’s solo exhibitions have included the Galleria Del Corso (Latina, Italy) and the Newport Art Museum (Newport, RI), as well as four solo shows at the AS220 Galleries. Crenca has participated in two-person and group shows at Rhode Island’s Newport Art Museum and Bristol Art Museum, the Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), the New York Cultural Center, and Real Art Ways of Hartford, CT. His work is in the permanent collection of both the RISD Museum of Art and the Newport Art Museum. In 2001, Crenca performed in the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland as a member of The Panic Band. Crenca has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Cuba, Bali, and New Zealand. He is a resident of Providence, where he maintains a studio and exhibition space with his wife, Susan Clausen, a visual artist and musician. Presently, both Umberto and Susan are members of the experimental music ensemble Monkee Head. Crenca is the Artistic Director and Founder of AS220, Rhode Island’s unjuried, uncensored, and all-ages forum and home for the arts, located in Providence. Now in it’s 29th year, AS220 is looked upon as an international model for access, equity, and sustainability in the non-profit arts world.



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