PRINT November 2002


Spend any time in Providence, Rhode Island, and you begin to see why H.P. Lovecraft never moved away. The master of prewar horror lit was born in Providence and for much of his adult life could be found walking the streets of the old seaport, soaking up its indistinct light and sepulchral vibe. A kind of low-level dread held him there, he told friends, one he could only hope to insinuate into his writing.

Forcefield hasn’t left Providence either. The four-man artist collective has been working there since attending the Rhode Island School of Design in the early ’90s. They’ve taken the town’s spooky languor as a resource and, along with a good-size circle of friends, fellow artists, and musicians, forged an idiosyncratic local scene.

Much of Forcefield’s work—music, sculpture, film, video, graphics, comics, costumes, even textiles—was born out of Fort Thunder, a sprawling warehouse

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