Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland is hosting two shows for the month of July: A photography exhibit and book release for Rockport artist, Cig Harvey and “Anthology,” a collection of small paintings from Belfast artist, Linden Frederick. Opening receptions for both artists are Friday, July 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. Both shows run through Saturday, August 1.
Cig Harvey’s photographs are intertwined with a rich narrative and autobiography. Since the age of thirteen, she has found herself captivated by and single-mindedly committed to the medium of photography as a way to tell stories.
The photographs and artist books of Harvey, MFA, have been widely exhibited and remain in the permanent collections of major museums and collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine; and the International Museum of Photography and Film at the George Eastman House, Rochester, New York. She was a recent finalist of the BMW Prize at Paris Photo and the Prix Virginia, an international photography prize for women. Harvey had her first solo museum show at the Stenersen Museum in Oslo, Norway, in the spring of 2012 in conjunction with the release of her monograph, “You Look At Me Like An Emergency” (Schilt Publishing, 2012). Her second book, “Gardening at Night,” has just been released in the spring of 2015 (Schlit Publishing, 2015.)
Cig Harvey’s “Bird’s Nest,” 2014, 1/5, photograph on aluminum, 40″ x 40″
Harvey teaches workshops and regularly speaks on her work and processes at institutions around the world. She is known for her high energy, sense of humor and creativity. She brings a profound sense of optimism to all that she does. Harvey lives in a farmhouse in the Midcoast of Maine with her husband Doug, daughter Scout, and dog Scarlet. She was an assistant professor at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University for ten years, but recently took a leap of faith to devote her life to purely making things.
Linden Frederick’s, “Caddy,” oil on panel, 6″ x 6″
Linden Frederick grew up in Upstate New York and studied art at Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and the Academia de Belle Arte, Florence, Italy. Frederick has been living and working in Belfast, Maine since 1989. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Farnsworth, Ogunquit and Portland museums of art in Maine and in gallery exhibitions in Maine, New York, Texas, New Mexico, South Carolina and Pennsylvania.
Frederick is known for his dimly lit rural landscapes that hang on the balance of day and night. The strange colors and angles of light in those magical hours infuse ordinary scenes with tension and dramatic energy.
Linden Frederick’s “Maine Line,” oil on panel, 6” x 6”
“What drives me is having a certain mood and that implies a human element, which a lot of landscape painting forgets,” Frederick said. “My work is not about place. It really is about people. I think inadvertently I’m setting some kind of stage so the drama can play out within the viewer. And that’s why people react.”
The gallery is located at 357 Main Street, Rockland,. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. Visit http://www.dowlingwalsh.com/, for more information.