Eddie Villanueva @ GRIN

“Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream” when you head to GRIN, an art gallery in Providence, Rhode Island.

Besides, a group show at this hot contemporary art space, ends this Saturday, February 13.

The exhibit is the “second installment of a two-part exhibition focused on subtle, persistent revolt,” according to GRIN’s website. Among the five featured artists is Milwaukee-born Eddie Villanueva, a Brown University lecturer. “I am interested in the ways by which male identity manifests itself both publicly and privately,” he writes.

Eddie Villanueva & "4 of 24 mirrors" | Images courtesy of Eddie Villanueva

Eddie Villanueva & “4 of 24 mirrors” | Images courtesy of Eddie Villanueva

Villanueva’s work explores gender identity and what he calls his “emotionally complex sense of self” through installation, found objects, and audio, as seen in “Guitar Ride”—an electric guitar atop the coin-op platform of a repurposed kiddie ride. Insert a quarter, and “the guitar lunges into action playing the self-actualized drone of The Beatles’ ‘Tomorrow Never Knows,’ the seminal masterpiece and closing track of Revolver,” according to GRIN.

GRIN directors Corey Oberlander and Lindsey Stapleton say that their mission is to “develop an intellectually demanding yet aesthetically pleasing program, focusing on emerging artists working across mediums.”

Top image: “Guitar Ride” | Image courtesy of Eddie Villanueva
Michael KusekEddie Villanueva @ GRIN