Paul Myoda’s “Borderline Personality Disorder #4”
The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, opens three new exhibitions in October.
“PAUL MYODA: ƎRƎH” is on display Oct. 2 through Dec. 31. Paul Myoda, a Japanese-American artist based in Providence, RI, energizes UMMA’s Zillman Gallery with a new series of interactive sculptures. In this exhibition, Myoda uses historic representations of nimbuses in religious art—Greek, Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, Christian, and others—as a springboard for these dynamic wall compositions that investigate the transformative quality of light. Geometric nimbuses occur throughout these histories, but vary significantly due to their perspectival representations. As Myoda states, “Each perspectival system places subjects and their nimbuses in different spatial relationships, and therefore provides a different attitude of spectatorship, from the immersive and corporeal to the detached and otherworldly.”
Paul Myoda’s “Shuffle”
The artist’s sculptures are developed in various two and three-dimensional design applications and then fabricated using computer-based technologies such as laser and water jet cutters, 3D printers and traditional hand tools. Myoda combines materials such as reflective acrylic, aluminum, LEDs, microprocessors and infrared sensors to create these constructions. In direct response to the viewer’s movements, the sculptures exhibit an array of behaviors in varying intensities, rhythms and light effects
In conjunction with the Maine Photo Project, a 2015 statewide photography collaboration, UMMA is pleased to present a selection of images acquired by Bruce Brown. “Celebrating Photography in Maine: Selections from the Bruce Brown Collections,” runs Oct. 2 to Dec. 31. One of Maine’s leading photography collectors, Brown began collecting in earnest in 1989. Since then his passion for the discipline and its practitioners has resulted in an extensive collection of photographs taken by artists residing in Maine and fueled by its creative sense of place.
Melonie Bennett, “Memory Lane Music Hall”
The exhibition illustrates a unique collaboration between curator and collector as works were selected in a “call and response” manner. UMMA curator George Kinghorn first selected a compelling image which prompted Brown to choose a fitting companion piece based on a variety of factors, such as composition and subject matter.
UMMA has partnered with the Center for Maine Contemporary Art for the presentation of this two-venue exhibition. These selections offer a glimpse into the richness and breadth of Brown’s vision as a collector and showcase the diversity of approaches explored by Maine-based photographers. The UMMA exhibition features images by Joyce Tenneson, David Brooks Stess, Todd Watts, Judy Glickman Lauder, Kris Larson and David Hilliard, among others.
“Traer Scott: Natural History” is the third exhibit on display Oct. 2 through Dec. 31. Lingering in the shadows around wildlife dioramas in natural history museums, Traer Scott has captured an alluring assortment of images that constitute her series Natural History. In these works, uncanny juxtapositions are revealed in reflections in thick plate glass—a pack of wild dogs meld with the ghost-like appearance of a startled young museum-goer while in another, a fierce, chest-pounding taxidermy gorilla fuses with a humorous reflection of a young boy with an exposed belly.
Traer Scott’s “Hunting Dogs”
As Scott states, “A split second alchemical moment occurs when a person’s moving reflection joins in a meaningful way with the immobile, century-old diorama.” The images are not double exposures, or constructed using computer programs such as Photoshop, but are single exposure digital images. In this series, which began in 2009, Scott documents an array of fleeting moments through patience, chance and a sharp eye. The photographer’s confounding narratives also highlight our complex and sometimes troubled co-existence with nature.
Admission to the Museum of Art is FREE in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors. For additional information, please call Kathryn Jovanelli at (207) 561-3350.