Four New Exhibitions to Open at CMCA


Deborah Wing-Sproul, embodiment, 2011, Durational Device #2 as performed with copper plate and scribes


A diverse group of new exhibitions will open at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport on Saturday, October 1, with a public reception for the artists from 4:00 to 6:00 pm. The exhibitions will run through December 11.

The exhibition still / moving brings together the intertwined disciplines of Deborah Wing-Sproul. Using performance, video, sculptural objects, printmaking, and photography, these new works illuminate the ways in which Wing-Sproul approaches materials as extensions of her body. Three of Wing-Sproul’s aluminum Durational Devices will be on view alongside photographic prints showing the devices as performed. Two new videos will be on view in the gallery and a third will be projected in a two-part event on Oct. 15 at Pascal Hall, where the artist will also present embodiment, a live performance using Device #2 in a durational dry-point drawing.

Sferics and Aural Ecosystem are two interrelated interactive installations by artists Zach Poff and N.B. Aldrich. Much of their work is rooted in speculation about observed systems of organization, whether biological, physical, sociological, or cognitive. The installations use environmental stimuli to generate sound and light. Sferics tracks the electromagnetic energy produced by atmospheric lightning within a 500-mile radius and uses that information to modulate an ambient lighting system in real time. The Aural Ecosystem is a field of synthesizers that live, die, and breed with one another while gathering energy from the light created in the space by Sferics.


Ellen Wieske, Quilt Drawing (detail), 2009, steel wire


The exhibitions Pieced and Wired present the work of three contemporary artists whose work reinterprets traditional quilt forms in nontraditional materials and modes of presentation. Gabriella D’Italia’s quilts and new Portables are both simple and elaborate in their construction and design. Each Portable can easily be taken apart and transported, but each is juxtaposed with material that has been subjected to labor-intensive, repetitive practices. George Mason’s plaster, burlap, and casein wall reliefs are composed of individual, richly textured and colored “tiles” that reference the pieced construction of sewn quilts. And Ellen Wieske’s wire “drawings” and “quilts” pay tribute to the pattern, texture, and complexity found in traditional handwork.

Deborah Wing-Sproul lives in Cape Elizabeth and is the 2011 Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellow in Performing/Media Arts. N.B. Aldrich of Penobscot is a new media artist who teaches in the new media department and Intermedia MFA program at the University of Maine. Zach Poff is a New York–area digital media artist. D’Italia lives in Newburg and is in the Intermedia MFA program at the University of Maine, George Mason lives and works in Nobleboro, and Ellen Wieske lives in Deer Isle, where she is assistant director at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft.