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Exploring new and old landscapes

Having it all
The nature-inspired work of Lydia Badger, Hilary Irons, and Erik Weisenburger, on display at Rose Contemporary under the name "The New Landscape," is undoubtedly new — powerfully conceived, refreshingly innovative, and scrupulously executed — but the three are also happy to be part of a long tradition.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  March 13, 2013

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Natasha Mayers’s wide-ranging vision

Postcards from the conscience
For outspoken artist and activist Natasha Mayers, art, politics, and life are seamlessly interconnected for mutual benefit.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  February 13, 2013

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Cynthia Davis uses space, line, and the color of cartography

Mapping a trajectory
Geographical maps describe space — its qualities, boundaries, hierarchies, ownership, and ways of traversing it.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  January 16, 2013

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Recalling the year’s most notable shows

In the rearview mirror
Looking back over this year's art exhibitions, some of the most exciting shows could be discovered at uncommon venues.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  December 19, 2012

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Luc Demers on the edge of light and darkness

Between knowing and seeing
Photographer Luc Demers does not so much explore what light makes visible, as what borders on light — darkness.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  November 20, 2012

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Exploring a state between analog and digital

Hybrid translations
For many artists digital and analog image-capture and production seem to force a choice.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  October 24, 2012



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Occupy, perceive, manipulate, and experience

Bodies in space
Grand vision tensely coexists with tight control and attention to details in Amy Stacey Curtis's installation "SPACE."
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  October 18, 2012

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A roster of excellent shows at CMCA

In twos and solos
A two-person show can be very tricky, raising the possibility of both bodies of work vying for attention, edging each other on, or inviting negative comparisons.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  August 29, 2012

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Wegman’s world of lateral and literal logic

Thinking sideways
Wegman's World has taken over the hallowed halls of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  July 18, 2012

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Lines of steel and graphite

Spare and strong
It's daunting to engage the cavernous space that is Brunswick's Coleman Burke Gallery.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  July 03, 2012

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Extreme reduction yields to openness

Balancing shapes of color
Encountering Martha Groome's paintings forces one to slow down, observe coloristic and spatial relationships, and ultimately tune in to the works' quietude.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  June 13, 2012



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Printmaking continues to matter

Paper, ink, and pressure
Essential to printmaking, and non-digital photography, is the frustrating, annoying time lapse between the creation of the matrix and the final image.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  May 16, 2012

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A contemporary artist shows one way forward

Painting past and future
There are many different ways to talk about Lesley Vance's paintings, yet we don't really have the right words yet.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  April 18, 2012

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Negotiating femininity in photographs

What is real?
Myths are inventions, not based on truth.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  March 14, 2012

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‘Amplified Moments’ of power and knowledge

Pensive musings
Power and intellect don't need to be opposites but often appear locked in reciprocal suppression and propagation. Bates College Museum of Art shows an excellent selection of works by Chinese artist Xiaoze Xie in which he muses on this complex relationship.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  February 15, 2012

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Time travel in miniature

What the future holds — or was it the past?
Although comprised of only six photographs, "Lori Nix: The City" at the University of Maine Museum of Art is a show not to be missed.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  January 25, 2012



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A year-long celebration winds down

Drawing to an end
Throughout 2011, June Fitzpatrick has done more than her share in highlighting the medium of drawing in the context of the state-wide project "Where to Draw the Line."
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  December 14, 2011

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They, and Gideon Bok, are nothing but subjective

Time and perspective
Commonly artists prefer to work away from public scrutiny, shielded from revealing the awkward phases of creation, to emerge with a finished work of art that will last, if not for eternity, at least for quite a while.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  November 23, 2011

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Intricate works on paper by one of Maine’s best abstract artists

Complete in themselves
Geometric shapes like rectangles and circles have been the formal ingredients of some of the most sophisticated abstract art.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  October 26, 2011

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Abstract artists look at craft

A show of hands
Abstraction is currently getting a lot of attention in Portland.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  September 28, 2011

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Multiple layers of looking

One beautiful head and another's questions
Dan Dowd's installation "Anna Hepler's Head" fills the cavernous space of the Coleman Burke Gallery with photographs and three-dimensional objects that light-heartedly ask serious questions about artistic observation and the transmission of visual information in general.
By: BRITTA KONAU  |  August 31, 2011


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