The fourth installation in CMCA’s Counterpoint series, What Was, Is, pairs recent sculpture by Duncan Hewitt with paintings and selected photographs by Claire Seidl. CMCA’s Counterpoint series is intended to spark an engaging aesthetic dialogue between two artists’ work. In this instance, Hewitt’s sculpture and Seidl’s paintings and photographs create a compelling conversation about materiality, time, and memory.
Hewitt is a sculptor who remakes and replaces things that are important to him. They reappear as touchstones that exist in real and imagined space and are both sculptures and objects. Most are made of carved and painted wood. A recent series took the form of windshields, each particular to a different car, and presented on found chairs. Though mute, the sculptures are redolent of memory, and loss—of journeys taken, and not.
Seidl’s paintings, like Hewitt’s sculptures, seem coaxed into being by the hand of the artist. Time is captured and compressed in their scumbled, transparent layers of paint. They speak to mystery and emotion, to landscape and human presence. Similarly, her photographs reflect her painter’s eye. She says, “Some people see my photographs as abstractions, but they are deeply rooted in the real world; they are filled with specifics of place and people and natural phenomena. I am very interested in how we see (or don’t see) what is right in front of us.”
Duncan Hewitt is a graduate of Colby College and the University of Pennsylvania. He teaches at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. Claire Seidl divides her time between Rangley, Maine, and New York City. She received her BFA from Syracuse University and her MFA from Hunter College.
Duncan Hewitt: www.duncanhewitt.net
Claire Seidl: www.claireseidl.com