Emery Arts Center showing ATTENTION

Emery Arts Center at the University of Maine in Farmington invites the public to a reception 5:30 to 7:30 p.m Friday, March 1, for the exhibition “ATTENTION: New Works by Tom Jessen.” The exhibit runs  through March 23. The gallery is open daily from 11 AM to 6 PM. Tom Jessen’s paintings and mixed-media works explore the boundaries between immediate experience and the self-conscious art object, referentiality and abstraction, repetition and difference. The mixed media, site-specific work in ATTENTION reflects the artist’s interest in pattern, specifically the tendency of patterns to come in and out of the viewer’s immediate focus. Pattern engages our attention in a particular way: it has the effect of both being there and not being there, the fluctuation between presence and absence reflecting the perception and habits of attention of the viewer. These works engage a number of questions about perception, the immediacy of experience, the act of knowing and one’s relationship with a particular space.