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This week Anthony speaks with Jeff Badger at the close of his show titled “ I Got a Right” at the Whitney Art Works Gallery in Portland. The seemingly humorus works also speak to important issues like who is watching us and why, and other issues associated with contemporary culture.
The paintings in “I Got A Right” feature re-occurring characters – a monocle-wearing robber baron, a disembodied Brain, an armless Robin Hood – who act out miniature dramas of human struggle in a tense and bizarre world.
Also included in the show are surveillance sculptures, including Surveillance Sandwiches, mechanical foam sandwiches topped with toothpicks and olives in which motion-trigged spy cameras are hidden, and the Mobile Surveillance House Plant (M.S.H.P.), a remote-control potted plant that can be driven around the gallery as it captures images with a wireless camera.
The images are displayed at a monitoring station where visitors can log suspicious activity in the gallery. These works are an exploration of security technology. By installing a camera in something as absurd as a fake sandwich Jeff hopes to call attention to the spore-like proliferation of cameras throughout the public squares and darkened corners of our cities.
As a body of work, I Got A Right is a humorous look at the transience of identity. These works can be seen as cautionary allegories about the cartoonish ambivalence with which roles — good and evil, rich and poor, watcher and watched — are assigned in contemporary culture.
Visit Jeff’s web site at www.jeffbadger.com
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Paintings by Christina Dehoff will be on display through Oct 21 at the Gallery at 357 Main in Rockland.
The Gallery at the Unity Centre in Unity, Maine, is showing “Other Worlds, Entrances and Exits,” an exhibit of Maine’s native American petroglyphs recorded as full size “surface prints.” The exhibit will also include sculpture and weaving by contemporary artists, Alison Enslin and Carol Hedden, and a wall hanging by the late Sari Dienes who adapted the “surface print” technique for petroglyphs.
lithograph Univerity of Maine at Machias
The Art Gallery at the University of Maine at Machias will display “Prints and Books of Claire van Vliet” through Dec 8 as part of the Maine Print Project. see more at www.maineprintproject.org/machias.html
West Island Gallery in Georgetown will show new paintings by Susie Westly Wren. The show runs through Christmas Eve.
“Materials Matter” at Whitney Artworks in Portland
Whitney Art Works on York Street in Portland, shows works by Allison Cooke Brown, Alex Sax, Amy Robinson, through November 18. In this show titled “Material Matters”, three artists, linked by a shared capability in the careful hand-building of objects, Cooke Brown, Robinson, and Sax nevertheless construct highly individualized works which investigate material matters important to each of them. More info at www.whitneyartworks.com
The Irvine Gallery at the Rivertree Center for the Arts in Kennebunk, “The Art of Printmaking.” Part of the Maine Print Project, each artist will represent a particular medium: Don Gorvett, woodcuts; Beverly Hallam, monotypes and digital media; DeWitt Hardy, lithographs; Nancy Davison, etchings; Kate Chappell, monotypes and collographs; Michael Walek, etchings; and Joel Seah, silkscreen prints.
“Nature’s Light” opens at byDesign Gallery on Harlow Street in Bangor. The 3 artists featured are Karen Dolukhanyan, Avik Eloyan and Rod Rodriques. The show runs thru Nov 1
Élan Fine Arts is showing “Maine Printmakers”. This extensive exhibition is being mounted in connection with the Maine Print Project, and will showcase the work of fifteen exceptional Maine Printmakers. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. For further information, call 207-236-4401 or visit www.elanfinearts.com
The Phoenix Row Loft Gallery in Belfast will show new paintings and seascapes by Belfast artist and resident Archie Barnes.
The Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art From Baja to Bar Harbor: Transnational Contemporary Art. ICA presents an exciting selection of new large-scale video and installation works by three emerging artists working in different corners of North American. The exhibition-whose title is meant to be pronounced with a Maine accent-features work by artists Sam van Aken and Justin Richel of Maine, Michele O’Marah and Julio Morales, of California. Organized by the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, From Baja to Bar Harbor: Transnational Contemporary Art is on view through Oct 22.
Blue Hill Bay Gallery will show “Plein Air Paintings of New England”. This exhibit encompasses the work of over twenty artists, both historical and contemporary, who have painted New England scenes in a wide variety of subjects, mediums and styles. .
The photographs of M.E. Smith will be shown at The Bennet Gallery in Bangor through fall.
CMCA in Rockport will host “Work of the Hand” crafts show and sale through Oct 26. 207-236-2875 www.cmcanow.org
“Whistler as Printmaker: is showing at the Colby Museum of Art through Feb 25. This selection of prints is drawn from a collection on loan to the Colby museum consisting of almost 200 impressions.
Ogunquit Museum of American Art has a pair of exhibits through Oct 31: “The Human Figure in American Painting and Drawing, 1985-2005” and “Prints of Peggy Bacon.”
The Farnsworth Museum “Imprints of Maine: 1900-1950.” an exhibition drawn entirely from the Farnsworth Museum’s collection of American prints and presents a selection of approximately 40 images of Maine made by artist and printmakers at a pivotal time in the history of American art ˜ a short 50 years that witnessed the flowering of modernism and the birth of abstract expressionism. “Imprints of Maine” will run through June of 2007.
The Portland Museum of Art is opening a new show, titled, “Maine: The Way Life Is, Contemporary Photographs from the Collection” This exhibition of 25 contemporary photographs, drawn from the permanent collection and works on loan, takes a hard look at the way Maine really is. The work ranges from Melonie Bennett‚s humorous look at her family foibles to the more serious examination of social issues that we face in the work of Paul D‚Amato, David Stess, and Olive Pierce. The show runs through November 26.
Also at the Portland Museum of Art A Century of Maine Prints: 1880s to 1980s. The exhibition will feature 75 prints that present a history of printmaking in Maine from the founding of the Portland Society of Art in the 1880s until the opening of the Museum’s Payson Building in the mid-1980s. The show runs through December 10.
Call for Art
Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, to be held in Acadia National Park from July 25 through Sept. 10, 2007, is currently accepting applications from stone sculptors. The entry deadline is November 15, 2006. Up to eight artists from Maine, the U.S., and four other countries will be featured and the sculptures will then be displayed in downeast communities. For More Information, and to downloadan application, visit the website at schoodicsculpture-dot-org, or write to Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium, P.O. Box 22, Steuben, Maine 04680.
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Café Des Artistes #21 061014
Show Date: 10/14
VH: The hunt for Giant cupcakes and spy-camera sandwiches
THEME: King of Bongo
VH: Hello, I’m Victor Hathaway.
AA: and I’m Anthony Anderson, and welcome to Cafe Des Artists, a weekly
round-up of Maine art news, openings, and shows.
VH: This week we have prints, petroglyphs, and a call for sculptors to
tell you about….
AA: At the Institute for Contemporary art at the Maine college of art in Portland, an installation exhibition called “from Baha to bahHarba: transnational contemporary art, is continuing its run through Oct. 22. In a large room, a massive wall of bookshelf speakers is at first silent, then different voices, all saying “oh my god” builds slowly to a cacophonous wall of multi-channel sound. You’ve never heard anything quite like it. We also speak with artist Jeff Badger at the close of his show “I got a right” at Whitney artworks in Portland.
VH: First, here are some openings and shows in our area:
AA: “Whistler as Printmaker: is showing at the Colby Museum of Art
through February 25 While James McNeill Whistler achieved fame as a
painter, he was also a serious and innovative printmaker, producing some
450 etchings and about 180 lithographs. This selection of prints is
drawn from a collection on loan to the Colby museum consisting of almost
VH: Ogunquit Museum of American Art has a pair of exhibits through
October 31st: “The Human Figure in American Painting and Drawing,
1985-2005” and “Prints of Peggy Bacon.”
AA: Paintings by Christina Dehoff will be on display through October 21
at the Gallery at 357 Main in Rockland.
VH: The Gallery at the Unity Centre in Unity, Maine, is showing “Other
Worlds, Entrances and Exits,” an exhibit of Maine’s native American
petroglyphs recorded as full size “surface prints.” The exhibit will
also include sculpture and weaving by contemporary artists, Alison
Enslin and Carol Hedden, and a wall hanging by the late Sari Dienes who
adapted the “surface print” technique for petroglyphs.
AA: The Art Gallery at the University of Maine at Machias will display
“Prints and Books of Claire van Vliet” through December 8 as part of the
Maine Print Project.