Saturday, January 27 | 3-5:00pm
Free and open to the public
Join us in welcoming our 2024 spring exhibitions with a celebratory opening reception and refreshments in the lobby. We hope to see you there!
Carla Week’s expansive mural, On This Island, engulfs the viewer in a space of deep calm. Painted in her signature style, Weeks invents a vernacular that layers coded landscape elements with architectural details, all drawn from her home and surroundings on Arrowsic Island in Maine. Accompanying the mural are a series of recent paintings by Weeks that explore similar themes of patterned memory and reverence for place.
Let the World In showcases a group of artists exploring the concept suggested in the title; openness, observation, and material integration. Using a variety of approaches, the artists each exhibit curiosity, sincere investment, and a fond yet questioning approach to the world that we all co-inhabit. CMCA is pleased to present the works of Wilder Alison, Sachiko Akiyama, Leon Benn, Jordan Carey, Diana Cherbuliez, Hong Hong, and Carol Eisenberg in this exhibition.
To reconcile ourselves with the objects and narratives we encounter in the course of a lifetime—to truly recognize them with creativity and intention—we must consciously slow and complicate our habits of thought around those objects and narratives, in the Russian Formalist theorist Viktor Shklovsky’s formulation. This complication is what he calls estrangement, or defamiliarization. Without this shift, we fall into perceptual habits, and lose the opportunity to encounter life in a state of creative wakefulness. “Habitualization devours work, clothes, furniture, one’s wife, and the fear of war,” Shklovsky says. Jettisoning habitual beliefs adds depth to what we already know in the world; art is generated by the forced shift away from the known and accepted. And by instituting this distance, we reinvest the things and moments of daily life with deep emotion, strange and new. In the sculptural work of Sam Finkelstein and Duncan Hewitt, our experience of recognition is slowed, roughened, and made new again in this precise manner.
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art will be extending the solo exhibition: Darkness Visible featuring works from two ongoing series by the acclaimed Maine-based artist Alison Hildreth. The exhibition contains large-scale mixed media work on Gampi paper featuring aerial views of the earth, paired with similarly scaled oil paintings on canvas offering views of planets and other celestial bodies. The shifting perspective and media selections between the two series offer an exciting view into Hildreth’s dynamic artistic practice. This show will be on view until May 6th.