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Braving the risks of a technology fetish, the artists manage to ride a line of questions, not proselytizing.
Braving the risks of a technology fetish, the artists manage to ride a line of questions, not proselytizing.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  June 25, 2008


Collective mentality

A conversation with video artist Kenneth White
"We wanted to expand our reach as wide as possible and from that field create a program of film and videos that explicitly address duration."
By: IAN PAIGE  |  June 04, 2008


Artistic anatomy

Molding discomfort in plastic
"There are three mahogany chairs chainlinked together. They have anus seats with hemorrhoids all over them."
By: IAN PAIGE  |  May 14, 2008



Constructing images in a fantasy world
The infusion of a personal panoply of mythological motifs allows Kinsella to create highly decorative pieces that still speak to the soul.  
By: IAN PAIGE  |  April 23, 2008



Changing our minds, and then the world
The Phoenix sat down with Jason Read, the film series’s curator and an assistant professor of philosophy at USM, to discuss how this revolutionary concept can still influence artistic practice.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  April 16, 2008


Introduced 30 years on

Reflections on Spindleworks in Brunswick
I am an indirect recipient of the legacy of Spindleworks.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  April 02, 2008


Painting My Bloody Valentine

Gideon Bok’s analogous responses at USM Gorham
Thump! The needle hits the record with an abrasive scratch and then the music begins.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  March 19, 2008


Gallery Lucida

Three approaches to photography at Whitney Art Works
Whitney Art Works for the next few days hosts the work of three Portland photographers exhibiting entirely different but complementary approaches.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  February 27, 2008


An informal formalism

Jared Radding at the new Franklin Street Art Space
Recent Nevada transplants Tammy Ackerman and Russell Persson are riding the wave of rejuvenation taking shape in Biddeford.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  February 20, 2008


Extra words with John Bisbee
The following is a transcription of the proceedings before my interview with artist John Bisbee over libations in an undisclosed location in Brunswick, Maine.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  January 30, 2008


The space invader

John Bisbee's metalwork hijacks the Portland Museum of Art
The Portland Museum of Art’s new exhibition immediately confronts you with the transformative power of John Bisbee’s sculpture.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  January 30, 2008


Honey Clouds

Music seen at Empire Dine and Dance, January 25, 2008
At last! Honey Clouds, an indie-rock four-piece full of familiar faces, emerged from their year-long gestation to play their first show.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  January 30, 2008


Balancing act

Juggling the contents of the imagination at the Front Room Gallery
The spotty collection of work at the Front Room Gallery in South Portland is easily forgiven due to the nature of a holiday sale.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  January 16, 2008

Big ideas for the arts

Is this a soapbox or someone’s installation piece?
Almost every young artist I know pays the bills by selling tourists stuff from a retail shop or getting their peers drunk at bars, selling a little bit of their soul while they're at it.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  January 02, 2008

The greatest night ever

Music seen Downtown Portland, December 28, 2007
I can’t believe I got the chance to see M.I.A. in little ol’ Portland, Maine!
By: IAN PAIGE  |  January 02, 2008


Essence of place

A conversation with Alfredo Jaar
He spoke about his process creating public interventions, walking the audience through one of his best known projects, one concerning the genocide in Rwanda.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  December 12, 2007


Three pieces + three places

Local standouts on view and for sale
The Maine College of Art Faculty Exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art is teeming with offerings from instructors from every department.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  December 05, 2007


Chris Teret

Music seen at One Longfellow Square, November 30, 2007
Chris Teret can fit a guitar and a campfire in his back pocket.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  December 05, 2007


Then and now

History and art meet at the Portland Harbor Museum
Each Bakery member is challenged to match the exact vantage point of the antiquated photos from, among other places, the Munjoy Hill Reservoir, Willard Beach, and Bramhall Street.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  November 14, 2007


Playing your own game

“Off the Grid” explores the fringes of the art world
I had to feel a little bad for John Beardsley during the symposium for “Off the Grid: Maine Vernacular Environments”.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  November 07, 2007


Music seen at SPACE Gallery, October 24, 2007
Basically what I’m trying to say is jdwalker almost made me piss my pants.
By: IAN PAIGE  |  October 31, 2007

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