Celebrate CMCA’s Fall Exhibitions
Opening reception, October 2, 4-6pm

Rockland, Maine, September 23, 2021 – The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) in Rockland invites the public to celebrate its fall exhibitions with a reception for the artists from 4-6pm. On view throughout the galleries are solo exhibitions by Ryan Adams and Hiraki Sawa and the thematic group exhibitions, Spatial Relations and Into Action. The event will include an informal gallery talk by all three Spatial Relations artists – Elizabeth Atterbury, Gordon Hall and Anna Hepler. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

The new exhibitions on view at CMCA for fall 2021 are:

Ryan Adams | Lessons, October 1, 2021 – January 9, 2022

The focal point of Adams’ solo exhibition is a 33-foot-long mural titled, Switch the Code. The title refers to the practice of code-switching, where individuals purposefully change their speech, behavior, and/or appearance to be seen outside of stereotypical assumptions and accepted within a majority culture. The mural is accompanied by a series of recent paintings.

Spatial Relations, October 1, 2021 – January 9, 2022

The exhibition brings together a broad range of sculptures by Elizabeth Atterbury, Gordon Hall and Anna Hepler that were created to rest directly on the floor or lean on or hang from the walls. All three artists create works with strong contours and a visibly direct use of material (s) including wood, ceramic, metal, concrete, cardboard and paper. In addition, each employs color as an embellishment, ranging from paint and pigment to colored pencil and stain.

Into Action, October 1, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Into Action features photographic works set in nature that document actions as they naturally occurred; actions as they were performed for the camera; interactions created in post-production; or propose actions to be taken by viewers. The exhibition features works by Jennifer Calivas, Mark Dorf, Ray Ewing, Cig Harvey, Julie Poitros Santos and Shoshanna White.

Hiraki Sawa | Absent, October 1, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Hiraki Sawa’s most recent single channel video, Absent (2018), presents scenes from an intimate and imaginative world, populated by surreal creatures that travel between grand and intimate landscapes. Sawa’s landscapes rest majestically within his circular projection, while his creatures (i.e., a walking tea kettle, a dancing cup, a flying spoon) emerge from the periphery, building a sense of anticipation for their arrival as the video progresses.

Located in the heart of downtown Rockland, CMCA features more than 5,500 square feet of exceptional exhibition space for the presentation of work by contemporary artists. The complex also includes an ArtLab classroom, CMCA Gift Shop, and a 2,200-square-foot public courtyard displaying the monumentally scaled sculpture, Digital Man, by artist Jonathan Borofsky.

Summer hours are in effect through October 31: Monday – Saturday 10am-5pm; and Sunday 12 – 5pm. Closed Federal Holidays. Admission is $8; $6 for seniors and students with ID; free for CMCA members and visitors under 18. For more information, please visit cmcanow.org.

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Ryan Adams, This is Black Art, 2021, acrylic on canvas
Gordon Hall, Negative Space Box, 2021, pigmented cast concrete
Cig Harvey, Emily in the River, 2019, archival pigment print
Hiraki Sawa, Absent, 2018 (video still)