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Lauren Fensterstock brings the outside in
A saturated plot of Lauren Fensterstock's obsidian growth is planted in the Sculpture Gallery of the Ogunquit Museum of Art, an uncharacteristically heavy installation in the otherwise light space.
| May 18, 2011
Review: Iain Kerr examines truth, reality, and the human way
Confronting and denying conventional aesthetics and modes of exhibition, Iain Kerr: artist, writer, educator, and founding member of spurse, an international peripatetic collective and experimental consultation service, intimately reinvents the project space at Gallery 37-A.
| May 11, 2011
Review: August Ventimiglia at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA
August Ventimiglia isolates simple gestures and records their impact and reverberations, magnifying the grace of the adjusting and settling physical world, and implying larger social and philosophical commentary.
| April 06, 2011
Review: R. Crumb illuminates the Bible at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
The Book of Genesis seems like inherently good fodder for R. Crumb's satirical debasement.
| March 16, 2011
Review: Video art meets minor-league hockey
Codes of play
Last Tuesday the crowd at the Portland Pirates game against Worcester sipped soda and munched on pretzels and popcorn as Canadian artist Graeme Patterson's two-minute video "Ten Point Game" was announced.
| March 09, 2011
Review: Greta Bank’s ‘Cashmere Roadkill’ in ‘Storytellers’ at USM
Ode on Grecian carrion
"Cashmere Roadkill" stretches its flaccid bloat of a body over about 10 feet of bookshelf on the seventh-floor reading room at USM's Glickman Family Library.
| February 16, 2011
Celebrating the insignificant with Fun-A-Day
What happens when you dedicate time every day for a month to one creative endeavor?
| February 10, 2011
Looking deeply into the everyday with aa//ee's Broadsheet
Targeting ‘To Go’
The Dixie cup is the first object investigated in aa//ee's inaugural issue of Broadsheet , a quarterly newsletter exploring the historical narratives behind mundane objects of industrial design.
| January 19, 2011
Daniel Meiklejohn contemplates the female form
Variations on a theme
There is unlikely any subject more explored in the art-history continuum than the female form.
| January 18, 2011
A chat with MENSK about those mobile shows
The truck stops here
The gripe I hear most regularly about the Portland art scene laments the lack of alternative or DIY art spaces that really invite experimentation.
| December 15, 2010
Raymond Pettibon's 'Repeater Pencil'
"Was he a cynic, an enthusiast, or merely an aesthete of rough seas?" Rhetoric scratched across a cresting wave sets the dissonant tone of "Repeater Pencil," Raymond Pettibon's 14-minute single-screen animation, which wavers between a decorated apathy and dire fatalism.
| December 08, 2010
Take a seat and consider the chair
Form + function
Richard Prince's 2008 "Nurse Hat Chair" sits next to a gothic French "Joined Chair" in the first gallery of the extensive "Sit Down!" — book-ending the six centuries of chairs represented in the exhibit.
| December 08, 2010
Matthew Barney's seven-hour Cremaster Cycle descends in the Portland Museum of Art
Eight years after its completion, The Cremaster Cycle , Matthew Barney's interminable multi-media opus, continues to befuddle and intrigue audiences.
| November 10, 2010
Art review: 'Trompe L'oeil: False Documents & Other Illusions'
In the art of deception lies the potential to destabilize perceptions of reality, if only momentarily.
| November 03, 2010
Art review: Four word-based artists at Whitney Art Works
Adriane Herman recategorizes our most ephemeral and disposable documents as relevant cultural artifacts.
| October 20, 2010
Amy Stacey Curtis's Sixth Solo Biennial Exhibit
Jorge Luis Borges wrote, "Time is the substance from which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger that devours me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire that consumes me, but I am the fire."
| October 12, 2010
Five artists address intimacy at MECA’s ICA
The largely performance-based offerings in "Mind-bending with the Mundane" inspect the confusing grayscale of modern relationships and family structures, addressing what contemporary domesticity looks like in a society of convenience and prerogative with diluted and outmoded institutions.
| September 22, 2010
Fall Art Preview: Rising to the challenge
Museums, galleries, and artists ready for fall shows
Last weekend’s Block Party was a charming and invigorating celebration of Portland’s art community. The interactive evening, spearheaded by SPACE Gallery, set an ambitious standard for what’s to come on the art front rounding out this year.
| September 15, 2010
Review: Karen Gelardi's 'botanical propaganda' at Perimeter Gallery
Two recent groups of Karen Gelardi's studies of nature (she calls it "botanical propaganda") harness a bold and painterly craft aesthetic among the rough wood benches and baskets of lush melons and gourds in the open industrial space that also serves as a popular restaurant and farmers' market in downtown Belfast.
| September 01, 2010
Examining Jeffrey Clancy's craft theories
Jeffrey Clancy plays with craft theory through the lens of a metalsmith working with traditional techniques and decorative motifs.
| August 25, 2010
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