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Ellis-Beauregard Fellows | Wade Kavanaugh + Stephen B. Nguyen

March 23 - June 16

In partnership with the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, CMCA presents the inaugural exhibition of the 2018 Ellis-Beauregard Fellows—artist team Wade Kavanaugh (Bethel, Maine) and Stephen B. Nguyen (Portland, Maine). Kavanaugh and Nguyen were selected as the first recipients of the Fellowship award through a blind jury process from a pool of more than 200 applicants by jurors Jeffrey Peabody, Vice President and Director, Matthew Marks Gallery, New York City, and Alison de Lima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, The Museum of…

Melt Down

March 23 - June 9

  “If engaging with climate is not a matter of winning, but more a matter of character and style, then the making of art, story, and literature also becomes part of our responses.” —Per Espen Stoknes, What We Think About When We Try Not To Think About Global Warming How do we confront what climate strategist Jorgen Randers calls “the burden of ‘Big Grief,’” when nature is increasingly destroyed around us? The artists in Melt Down present evidence of the undeniable impact of…

Screen | Andrew Ellis Johnson + Susanne Slavick | RESORT + QUENCH

March 23 - June 23

RESORT and QUENCH are two recent collaborative video works by artists Andrew Ellis Johnson and Susanne Slavick that frame the global refugee and migration crisis through the lens of the sea. In RESORT, 2016, the immensity of the sea is oddly stilled. There is no lull in the light that cycles from dawn to dusk across a sandy stage. The bodies that lounge on beach chairs are absent, unavailable or unwilling to assist those bodies that are anxious, vulnerable and…

TECTONIC INDUSTRIES | DREAMS CAN COME TRUE

June 29 - October 6

In DREAMS CAN COME TRUE (If it's not working for you, you're not doing it right), a series of self-help questionnaires that look to address and solve visitor’s most pressing problems and thus help them to begin living the “life of their dreams” are presented to the audience. Guided by a series of instructions, visitors navigate the installation in search of self-actualization which can be manifested in an interactive model they can build and leave in the gallery. Merchandise can…

Dan Mills | Human Topographies

June 29 - October 13

Dan Mills makes work that is full of observations about historic and current events. He conducts extensive research on topics such as current wars and conflicts, colonialism, and life expectancy by state, and creates paintings and works on paper that visualize data/information on the subjects. Mills frequently uses maps as the space to explore these ideas. He began incorporating maps into his work in the early 1990s while researching the quincentennial of what is euphemistically referred to as The First Encounter. Since…

Ann Craven | Birds We Know

June 29 - October 13

Ann Craven (b. 1967) is renowned for her lushly colored, mesmerizing portraits of the moon, birds, flowers, and other iconic images which she revisits in serial fashion, as well as her painted bands of color called Stripe or Band Paintings, which document her process. Craven says, ”My paintings are a result of mere observation, experiment, and chance, and contain a variable that’s constant and ever-changing—the moment just past. The stripes are so I can see what I just mixed. The mixing process is a…

Temporality | The Process of Time

November 2, 2019 - February 23, 2020

Time is a material, too. — Joan Jonas Exploring ideas of repetition, duration, and process, Temporality looks at how contemporary Maine artists are using time as a means of making. In a society that’s constantly on the move, the artists included in the exhibition are looking to slow down and take time. Image: Clint Fulkerson, Blue Nebula, 2014, graphite, acrylic and ink on wood panels (detail)

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