Saturday, March 21 | 5-7 pm
Free and open to the public
Join CMCA for an opening reception celebrating two new exhibitions: Skirting the Line | Painting Between Abstraction and Representation; Erin Johnson | Ellis Beauregard Fellowship Exhibition and SCREEN | Erin Dorney | Question the Body.
Skirting the Line presents the work of five contemporary painters whose work hovers on the line between abstraction and representation. Employing different techniques to create new forms of landscape, still life and the figure, each artist has a unique but cohesive visual language exploring the idea of what it means to portray a subject by looking at the interplay between abstraction and representation. Each reinvigorates painting today through energetic personal expression.
Artists included in the exhibition are Meghan Brady (Camden, ME), Inka Essenhigh (St. George, ME + New York City), Tracy Miller (Harrington, ME + Brooklyn, NY), Anne Neely (Jonesport, ME + Boston, MA), and Hannah Secord Wade (Woolwich, ME).
Erin Johnson is the second recipient of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts. As part of the award, fellowship recipients are recognized with a solo exhibition at CMCA. Erin Johnson (Portland, Maine) creates interdisciplinary, collaborative projects that blend documentary, experimental, and narrative practices to explore social, political, and geographical imaginaries.
Erin Dorney | Question the Body is a collection of photographs and time-lapse videos where gathered natural objects obscure pages from “The Question and Answer Book About The Human Body” by Ann McGovern (Random House, 1965). Works in this series were created during a residency at Hewnoaks Artist Colony in Lovell, Maine and is featured in SCREEN, an ongoing CMCA series of current video work by artists with a connection to Maine.