I love art, all of it, and I am thrilled to have the Center for Maine Contemporary Art right down the street from me. I am privileged to volunteer there on a weekly basis to enjoy the art as well as the visitors.
You may not realize it but Maine has played a significant role in the history of American art and is still doing so. Artists from Winslow Homer to George Bellows to Edward Hopper to Georgia O’Keeffe to Robert Indiana to Alex Katz to the Wyeths…..well, you get the picture, have found Maine to provide an abundance of subject matter as well as color and texture and solitude.
While there are many places to look at art in Maine, CMCA is what I consider the “go to” place for experiencing the more cutting edge work being done by artists who have a connection to the state, and the current biennial exhibition is great proof of that. Come on in and take a look.
Seventeen artists were selected by invitation and from open submissions, and each is referencing traditional methods in new ways to express his or her own voice.
James B. Marshall Standing Five
There are sculptures that look very much like metal but are made using graphite, PVA and plaster on paper.
This fiber installation piece is influenced by the artist’s experience hiking among glaciers in Patagonia. Its sheer beauty is breathtaking, and I marvel at its complexity.
These photographs, shot with film rather than with a digital camera, document the experience of migrants who work the fields of Maine
while these capture moody interior spaces.
These paintings are done in classical style but have a touch of whimsy
as do these acrylics done on felt that is stuffed and manipulated to represent forms in nature.
As these and other pieces in the 2012 Biennial illustrate, art is more than just pretty pictures. It is an opportunity for a new way of looking at the familiar as is so often the case with contemporary art. Liking it is not what is important. It is the seeing, the experiencing, accepting the challenge to think outside the box that makes it meaningful.
i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind
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