Lois Dodd and David Dewey show at Caldbeck Gallery

From August 20 through September 27, the Caldbeck Gallery, 12 Elm Street in Rockland, will present the exhibits “LAUNDRY: paintings, drawings, and pastels” work by Lois Dodd of Cushing and New York City, and “The Marshall Point Paintings” new work in watercolor by David Dewey of Owls Head and Blairstown, NJ. A reception for the artists will take place on Wednesday, August 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. The public is invited.

In “LAUNDRY: paintings, drawings, and pastels”, Dodd brings together a selection of work in different media, all concerned with the nature of laundry hanging on the line. The earliest painting from this group “Laundry and Clouds” was painted in 1977, and while most of the work was made between 1977 and 1982, the most recent work “Clothes Line,” an oil measuring 30 x 50 inches, was painted in 2005.


“White Catastrophe” by Lois Dodd

The 3 pastel drawings, “Night Laundry,” “Sheets and Clouds,” and “Windy Laundry,” measure 15 x 19 inches, were made in 1979; the drawings (some of them are the well known female figures hanging laundry) measure in the 12 x 15 inch range, and date from the early 1980’s. Dodd’s most recent major exhibit was the major retrospective “Lois Dodd: Catching the Light” curated by Barbara O’Brien for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri in 2012. This exhibit traveled to the Portland Museum of Art here in Maine where it hung during the winter of 2013. In her review of this exhibit, Roberta Smith of the New York Times wrote,

…the paintings hold your attention. Many see at first glance slightly unnerving: awkward, brusque or even unfinished. While they seduce the eye with light and color, they challenge it with an assortment of brush strokes, spatial complexities and compositional quirks, teetering in different ways on the cusp between abstract and representational. Behind their veneer of homey familiarity, these paintings are tough and unruly. Their main attitude seems to be a blithe, independent-spirited “Take it or leave it.”


“Marshall Point: Full Center” by David Dewey

“The Marshall Point Paintings” exhibit is David Dewey’s denouement to the past 25 years or so of painting at Marshall Point in Port Clyde. He quotes T.S. Eliot from his poem “Little Gidding”: “We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all of our exploring shall be to arrive where we started and to know the place for the first time.” Dewey explains that artists “return to places and experiences that continue to satisfy and help them move their creative urges and needs forward. In the history of American art, Maine’s landscape and life has played an important role in shaping its tradition and appeal to artists like myself. 25 to 30 years ago, when I painted at Marshall Point Light, my focus was on the white structures and their monumental presence. In the recent works in this show, the focus is more on the luminosity of light in the space. The lighthouse walkway, or bridge, in most of the paintings is bathed in late afternoon light, and represents a passage or pathway into a significant, indelible moment of time”. All painted in the last 3 years, the watercolors in this exhibit range in size from 7 x 9 inches to 27 x 39 inches, with one very large piece, “Marshall Point,” painted this spring, measuring 31 x 46 inches. Dewey’s work is in innumerable private and public collections. In Maine, permanent collections include Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Colby College Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, and the Farnsworth Museum of Art.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 – 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 – 4 p.m. For more information, please call the gallery at 594 5935 or email at caldbeck@midcoast.com.