Center for Maine Contemporary Art director Suzette McAvoy will host a gallery talk at CMCA with artists Ethan Hayes-Chute and Paul Oberst on Sunday, August 28, at 4 p.m. The artists will discuss work currently on view at CMCA in the exhibitions Ethan Hayes-Chute: Stopgap and Steadfast and Paul Oberst: Banded Artifacts/Banded Men.
Ethan Hayes-Chute, named the 2011 Visual Arts Fellow by the Maine Arts Commission, works in a variety of media. In Stopgap and Steadfast, he has created a new, full-scale, site-specific installation out of found and reclaimed materials, outfitted with recycled and improvised furnishings and day-to-day ephemera and artifacts. The exhibition also includes recent drawings and small-scale wall sculptures. Hayes-Chute’s work suggests and proposes potential living situations stemming from his thoughts on self-sufficiency, self-preservation, and self-exclusion.
Paul Oberst also works in many media, but his recent work references universal themes of ritual and ceremony. Recently he has been “banding” his created objects and photographic subjects in black-and-white and colored stripes, inspired by the “trickster” gods of the Southwest Pueblo people. Oberst intended the exhibition to feel “a little like a cross between a carnival, wherein one moves from game booth to game booth smelling cotton candy and hoping to win a prize, and the stations of the cross in a Roman Catholic church.”
Admission to the gallery talk is $5; free for CMCA members. The exhibitions are two of four concurrent exhibitions that will run through September 25