As is the case with many contemporary artists' books, some of Goodale's works can dwell in rather precious terrain. The majority of her pieces are successful for being structurally adventurous, studiously taxonomic, or able to revive the playfulness of youth; others sometimes appear content to embellish an aesthetic by now synonymous with a buoyant coastal lifestyle. "Iris Prismatica (Slender Blue Flag)," is an example, and it might not feel so Hallmark-y if it weren't the exhibit's first image. Others too suffer from garish folding, cutting, and framing patterns, with seemingly no referent (in a show that's full of them) than a nod toward popular notions of beauty. Pretty things, of course, have a refrain in Maine's cultural lullaby, too; it's just more difficult to believe that it's the artist who wrote the words.

Nicholas Schroeder can be reached at  nschroeder@phx.com.

"LULLABY FOR MAINE: AN EXHIBITION OF ARTIST'S BOOKS" | works by Rebecca Goodale | through June 16 | University of New England Art Gallery, 716 Stevens Ave, Portland | 207.221.4499

< prev  1  |  2  | 
  Topics: Museum And Gallery , Museums, Art, galleries,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY NICHOLAS SCHROEDER
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   UNMASKING AFRICAN RELICS  |  February 26, 2014
    An evocative, transportive exhibit of icons, artifacts, and spirit masks from some of the many, many cultures and “kingdoms” of West Africa, what is now Cameroon and Nigeria.
  •   THE TEQUILA ODYSSEY  |  February 20, 2014
    Each of the city’s drinking establishments has its roots in some primordial myth.
  •   TRUE EFFIN' ARTISTRY  |  February 20, 2014
    Mousa is the new recording alias of Vince Nez, a/k/a Aleric Nez, the name by which he released a nimble, unpredictable record in late 2010.
  •   THE STATE OF SEA SALT  |  February 12, 2014
    A surfeit of salt manufacturers have cropped up in the state over the last few years.
  •   NOT YOUR AUNTIE'S DOOM  |  February 06, 2014
    Sure, it may be Latin for “forest of trees,” but Sylvia more readily conjures some wiseacre aunt, not a burly group of veteran musicians trying to carve new notches in well-trod forms of heavy metal.

 See all articles by: NICHOLAS SCHROEDER