Playing your own game

By IAN PAIGE  |  November 7, 2007

The exhibit continues with Philip Day of West Bath’s “Loony Lagoon” and Jerry Cardone’s roadside attraction in Houlton, the UFO Dinosaur Museum. These are two live-work sites littered with accumulated and transformed objects. Tonee Harbert's photographs give us a sense of these site-specific worlds with rich black-and-white tones and a disciplined creative presentation that sets them beyond mere substitutes for the real thing. Throughout the show, video and audio documentation help to round out a sense of the artists’ individuality.

Themes (including lack of education, repetition, and obsession, and working on-site with unique expressions of inherited religious and political beliefs) are clearly developed if you feel the need to fit this work into your art historical perspective. The vitality of the show, however, is that it reveals to you the game we’re playing with our socialized art world and its everyday extensions. This game is less stringent in Maine and the opportunity to fray some of these social norms is, possibly, a reason to live in a state that’s “The Way Life Should Be.”

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