Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main Street in Rockland, Maine, is pleased to welcome Daniel Anselmi to our gallery with a solo show opening on First Friday, September 5, 2014. The artist will be present from 5 – 8 PM. Refreshments will be served. The show, MONHEGAN ISLAND SERIES and OTHER WORKS, will feature Anselmi’s pieces from a residency on Monhegan Island, as well as a collection of larger paintings, collages and sculptures.
The Monhegan Residency Program is a five week retreat for just two artists per summer, carefully selected from many applicants eager to have creative time on this beautiful island. Rockwell Kent, George Bellows, and the Wyeth family, to name a few, have been inspired by the quiet magic of this island. Daniel’s pieces from this residency are wonderful interpretations of his days spent there, and we are delighted to share them in this show.
There is a strong architectural aspect of Daniel’s work that makes these pieces very intriguing. His palette is typically earthy, very reminiscent of modernist colors and tones, with wonderful texture and depth. He uses found objects in his 2D and 3D work, but they are so skillfully incorporated into the piece that one might not even notice. The discarded paper, which can be old blueprints, ledgers, navigation charts, etc., is painted over with oil, and then arranged as one would apply different colors with a brush. “Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in my abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer.” The re-appropriated objects in his sculpture seem perfectly planned – like happy accidents, they serendipitously support each other to keep from falling over.
Daniel has had three museum shows in 15 months, including the University of New England, Portland, ME Making a New Whole: The Art of Collage, The Portland Public Library, Portland, ME and The Center for Maine Contemporary Art Collage x 10, Lewis Gallery, and The I-95 Triennial, University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME.
Daniel succeeds with this highly sophisticated and cohesive show. His years of attention and focus on his craft reward us with pleasant surprises that come only from many hours of trial and error. Show runs through October 1.