Contemplating relationships

By IAN PAIGE  |  April 11, 2007

The participants in the show are too numerous to mention them all here. Despite the number of represented artists, the jurors for this year’s Biennial had their work cut out for them with over 900 submissions. Ellen Miller, owner of Miller Block Gallery in Boston; New Mexico-based painter Johnnie Ross; and Philadelphian curator Judith Stein all mention the difficulties of the selection process in their juror’s statements. In particular, this year was fraught with the simultaneous technical difficulties and gratifications of transferring the process to an entirely digital system. Gone are the days of slides, which means questionable interpretations of scale, color, and detail arise. The positive side to the situation is that a remarkable coherence of theme and content is evident as a result of the time saved and attention paid.

These Maine (and Maine-related) artists instill a sense of pride in something innate to our state when their work is seen together at the 2007 Biennial. A sense of the land and an earnest inquiry into human perception are diffused throughout the selections. Inspiration will hopefully capture the public when we interpret these individual explorations as the ultimate group project on this big ball-of-it-all.

2007 Biennial | at the Portland Museum of Art, Portland | April 12-June 10 | artist talks throughout the run | 207.775.6148

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