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By ANNIE LARMON  |  December 2, 2009

Matt Hutton is similarly reverent of his materials, milking the natural glow of mahogany, ash, walnut, and cherry in his series of six sculptural headboards. Part of a larger body of work, "Vestigial Landmarks," the oversized interpretations of one of the more intimate architectures in our domestic lives are corralled in the far gallery. The sculptures seem weathered and discarded and fresh and alive, referencing the arts and crafts movement and Bauhaus design with a quirky and disorderly edge. Hutton sites the degeneration of the Midwest landscape as influence for the work, isolating the personal functional structures that survive the vapidity of contemporary sprawl.

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"ARCHAEOLOGY ABOVE GROUND" | works by Tina Rath + Matt Hutton + Meg Brown Payson + Peter Shellenberger | at ICA at MECA, 522 Congress St, Portland | through Dec 20 | reception Dec 4 5-8 pm | 207.879.5742

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