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Small scale, big impact
Little drawings deliver deeper truths
Medieval towns, towers and turrets, flocks of birds, and blazing fires could easily be the subjects of fairytales or kitsch. Not so in the hands of Dozier Bell.
| April 10, 2013
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.
| March 13, 2013
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.
| February 13, 2013
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.
| January 16, 2013
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.
| December 19, 2012
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.
| November 20, 2012
Exploring a state between analog and digital
For many artists digital and analog image-capture and production seem to force a choice.
| October 24, 2012
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."
| October 18, 2012
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.
| August 29, 2012
Wegman’s world of lateral and literal logic
Wegman's World has taken over the hallowed halls of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
| July 18, 2012
Lines of steel and graphite
Spare and strong
It's daunting to engage the cavernous space that is Brunswick's Coleman Burke Gallery.
| July 03, 2012
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.
| June 13, 2012
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.
| May 16, 2012
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.
| April 18, 2012
Negotiating femininity in photographs
What is real?
Myths are inventions, not based on truth.
| March 14, 2012
‘Amplified Moments’ of power and knowledge
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.
| February 15, 2012
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.
| January 25, 2012
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."
| December 14, 2011
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.
| November 23, 2011
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.
| October 26, 2011
Abstract artists look at craft
A show of hands
Abstraction is currently getting a lot of attention in Portland.
| September 28, 2011
The Current Issue
Table of Contents
Where To Follow Me
| March 24, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Mo Takes His Turn
March 21, 2013 at 12:59 PM
[Q&A] KMFDM's Sascha Konietzko on art, Columbine and having balls
On The Download
| March 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM
See this film series: The Belmont World Film Series @ Studio Cinema in Belmont
Outside The Frame
| March 18, 2013 at 11:00 AM
See this film: This is Spinal Tap [with post-film talk by expert from Acoustical Society of America] @ the Coolidge
March 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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