The University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor celebrates spring with three new exhibitions and the latest rotation of the Museum’s permanent collection. The spring exhibitions open to the public on April 6, and run through June 9. The three featured shows are “John Goodman: Moments Abstracted”, “Ruth Marshall: Vanished into Stiches”, and “Jemma Gascoine: Slab Waltz”
Boston-based photographer John Goodman has aimed his lens on provocative subjects and places in Havana, Tuscany, Las Vegas, Nashville, Coney Island and Boston. The results are the alluring, unfiltered and tender works featured in Moments Abstracted.
Australian-born artist Ruth Marshall creates life-size pelts of various animals using colored wool yarn. Rooted in traditional craft techniques, these meticulously knitted works also stand firmly within the realm of contemporary art.
Sculptor and ceramic artist Jemma Gascoine’s new series of wall sculptures challenge the ongoing dialog regarding hierarchical distinctions between functional pottery and fine art. Gascoine’s artistic process includes the deconstruction of her hand-thrown jars, bowls and vases during which she bisects the objects and fuses the segments onto slabs of red and white clay.
UMMA brings innovative contemporary art exhibitions to the region and presents approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. Admission is free in 2012 thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank. FMI, umma.umaine.edu