“For decades, I have been creating ceremonial objects as contemporary art to occupy an imagined temple passage for the human spirit. With photographer Patrick McNamara, I am also creating the generations of ceremonial guides who assist in this metaphysical/metaphorical transcendent journey. The banding honors spiritual trickster personae worldwide.”
Paul Oberst’s banded poles connect us to ideas of ritual and ceremony. This work is a study for an installation at the Freedom Mill School in Freedom, Maine. Oberst studied art at Center College in Kentucky and was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts; he lives in Freedom. and is represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia. He has also exhibited at Perimeter Gallery in Belfast and the University of Maine Art Museum. Last fall he had a solo show at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill, Massachusetts, and this spring he constructed an installation for the Appearances Eco-Arts show in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He also has work at Corey Daniels Gallery in Wells, at Bridgette Mayer, School House Gallery in Provincetown.
Oberst’s work was the subject of a solo show at CMCA in 2011. He lives in Freedom, Maine, and is represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia.