Something borrowed

By ANNIE LARMON  |  June 29, 2010

On the walls surrounding these central installations is a collection from Hassenfeld's "Blueware" series, featuring a drawing on vellum and several sculptures all decorated with a blue ornamentation that just shies away from the familiar Blue Willow, Flow Blue, and Delftware patterns easily associated with the affluent. The sculptures appear to be glazed ceramics, decorative and functional objects that reference landscapes and botany, perhaps a candleholder or vase, but in truth are made of paper — a realization that at once divorces the work from its original status, suggesting corruption. Hassenfeld's command of her medium places the work in an uncomfortably smart tip-toe between child's craft and art object, a hyperbolic approach to defining the role of decorative art.

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"A METICULOUS FERMENT" works by Beth Lipman + Kirsten Hassenfeld | through Aug 15; reception July 2 5-8 pm | at ICA at MECA, 522 Congress St, Portland | 207.879.5742

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