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Life is elsewhere
Ostensibly, the first feature film by Spencer McCall seeks to provide a portrait of a San Francisco organization called the Jejune Institute, whose mission hovers somewhere between the poles of self-help, performance art, disinformation, and an alternate-reality game. But if this is a portrait, we're not in art class anymore.
Leaping off the wall
In the first show of the season at the always engaging Icon Contemporary Art, James Marshall's collection of new works breathes life into the paper bag. Literally.
"Surface Tension," the fantastic exhibit at SPACE Gallery, is a gorgeous set of oddities, surfaces, and structures, and issues a strong challenge to visual perception using remarkable techniques re-imagining the limits of texture, conception, and color.
Brenda find their identity on album two
The paradoxes in Brenda, the rock band of three (or sometimes four) members split geographically between Portland and New York, are hard to iron out.
Third of four in the UNE Art Gallery's series of Maine Women Pioneers, the curators describe "Worldview" as an exhibit of artists "who are connected to their world . . . inspired by ethics, emotions, and existential holistic themes, as activists, healers, and visionaries." That's a definition with a pretty broad reach
Species Going Distinct
Harbored inside walls of burlap cloth draped from the ceiling of the ICA's darkened back room comes the terrific pull of "Bump," the impressive installation of suspended whale bones found and arranged into a sort of mausoleum by Maine brothers Frank and Dan DenDanto.
First (and last) laugh
This week, Providence-based comic Ray Harrington released his first CD, The Worst Is Over , on respected comedy label Stand Up! Records.
In another look at Portland's growing number of atypical studies within the art world, we spoke to Southern Maine Community College art history professor Christopher Stiegler, founder of the Institute for American Art, a curatorial space he runs from his home on Smith Street in Bayside. This is an edited transcript.
The Peninsula School is a weekly art discussion forum open to the public launched within the Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA by graduate sculpture student Rob Doane.
The haunting and quasi-S&M-themed video for her song "The Nothing Part II" (directed by Portland filmmaker David Meiklejohn) premieres on SPIN.com this week.
Dredging up the low
If you're going to make huge structural changes, before your third record is a fine time to do it.
The experience of modern music is synonymous with nostalgia.
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents."
To consider "Everything," the new installation by artist Astrid Bowlby, consider what we know about the sausage maker.
Guitar takes a back seat
The majority of people who listen to Cuss will invariably remember one thing. Men are pigs.
Are you a believer?
These days, the road toward a successful music career seems very brightly lit.
While there's no easy way to tie together the respective art forms of Pat Corrigan and Jennifer Gardiner, the community hub of Mayo Street Arts is a fittingly off-center venue for their latest work, which fuses discrete processes and subjects for a modestly sized showcase.
Even leaving aside their scarcity in highbrow galleries and happening-lite installation work, animals in visual art have never been more popular.
See and be seen
While the PORTLAND MUSEUM OF ART is about to wrap its wildly successful Winslow Homer exhibit, something tells me we'll be feeling the various expressions of "Weatherbeaten" for awhile.
Take up the Endless fight
Show me a world where the good times never end, and I'll show you, in just a few hours' time, an epic hangover and a parking ticket.
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