Providence

Richard Fleischner

Installation In Providence

Richard Fleischner’s most recent work, in Providence, R.I., is impressive in its material presence alone—several tons of pink and gray granite composed to indicate the schematic basis of what might be considered a prototypical house. Although a crane was necessary to move the granite units to his chosen site, a small island in a wooded park setting, Fleischner as always works delicately and carefully with the natural surface. Here, the subtle yet definitive effort of the finished project is inseparable from the beauty of its context.

The island is only reachable via a short, arching bridge, which the artist has used as the axis for his arrangement of architectonic components. Once on the island, the viewer first crosses a long granite bar, embedded halfway up a sloping rise—in Fleischner’s own words, the threshold of the piece. Crossing that, stepping into (or is it merely between?) the

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