The BankRI Galleries present:
BankRI Turks Head Gallery: “Paths Unravel: Photographs by Jane Yacovone,” June 4 through July 1, 2015 at the downtown Providence BankRI branch in the Turks Head building, One Turks Head Place. There is a Gallery Night Providence reception June 18 from 5 to 8:30 pm with live music by guitarist Mark Armstrong and light refreshments. Exhibit hours are Monday through Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, contact www.bankri.com or call 401 456-5015, ext 1330.
For almost 30 years, photographer and retired visual arts educator Jane Yacovone traveled the same road from her home in Foster to her job at Milford High School in Massachusetts. The drive took about an hour, and she enjoyed both the scenery and time spent decompressing from the challenges of the day.
But her real travels began when school was not in session. Instead of an hour drive north, she flew hundreds of hours to intriguing and exotic locations around the globe, immersing herself in other cultures. Yacovone has visited 4 continents – Asia, Europe, North America, South America, and over 20 countries and more cities and towns than she can remember. Throughout her travels, a camera is a constant companion.
Yacovone’s love of travel started in college at the University of Houston. Every chance she had, she drove over the border to experience the culture Mexico offered – Chihuahua, Copper Canyon, Mexico City, Patzcuaro, Oaxaca, Quintana Roo, San Miguel and the Yucatan to name a few. Despite her assertion that she speaks “no hablo anything,” Yacovone made her way with relative ease. Even today, Mexico is still one of her favorite places.
“For years, wherever I traveled,” Yacovone says, “I brought back boxes of ceramics.” She has slowed her habit of collecting ceramics, as the many small pots and sculptures have overpopulated her rural home.
Yacovone focuses on the stories each culture has to offer. The photographs of open air markets, glass jars of gasoline, prayer wishes hanging outside a convenience store and a pink chicken all speak to how diverse cultures evolve and adapt. They offer a glimpse into ways of life that are slowly disappearing. Yacovone’s intent is to document and celebrate the individual traits of distinct cultures before they vanish.
In her artistic statement, she says “Happily retired, I can focus on my numerous collections and as paths unravel, I hope to continue to capture cultures that are slowly becoming homogenized and disappearing in a Changing World.”
The BankRI Galleries are curated by Paula Martiesian, a Providence-based artist and arts advocate.