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Conversation piece

Leon Johnson explains his trans-historical-post-colonial-dinner-wait-what?!
Leon Johnson explains his trans-historical-post-colonial-dinner-wait-what?!
By IAN PAIGE  |  April 29, 2009


Growing pains

The 2009 PMA Biennial steps awkwardly forward
Although no one piece in this spartan biennial is lacking in value, the collective effect is one destined to get lost in the Rolodex.
By IAN PAIGE  |  April 08, 2009


State of the arts

Emerging trends and promising futures for Portland artists
In Portland, and around Southern Maine, developing trends hold promise for our changing, but still cantankerously distinct, artistic character to act as a new kind of cultural reflection.
By IAN PAIGE  |  April 01, 2009


Hanging in the balance

Andre LaPorte exhibits variation on the theme at Greenhut
Septuagenarian Andre LaPorte may be a veteran artist but, relative to his long career, he is a new painter.
By IAN PAIGE  |  March 11, 2009


Altered states

Talking drugs, Zen, and painting with art critic Ken Johnson
Talking drugs, Zen, and painting with art critic Ken Johnson
By IAN PAIGE  |  March 04, 2009


Printing Portland

Local artists reclaim mass production
Local artists reclaim mass production
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 18, 2009


Interview: Randy Regier

Living the dream
Randy Regier, 44, received his MFA from the Maine College of Art and is now an instructor there and at Bowdoin College. He is the recipient of a Maine Arts Commission 2009 Fellowship and is currently exhibiting two installations.
By IAN PAIGE  |  February 11, 2009


Review: ''Backstage Pass'' at the PMA

Nothing new — and that's not a bad thing
The half-century chronology covered by the Portland Museum of Art's latest exhibition, "Backstage Pass," reveals in photographic portraiture a story of music that is a euphemism for the ultimate creative act. Like sex, rock-and-roll is about surrender to the present moment.
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 26, 2009


One city, many angles

Artists capture the city for Greenhut's fourth biennial Portland Show
Artists capture the city for Greenhut's fourth biennial Portland Show
By IAN PAIGE  |  December 17, 2008


First Friday frenzy

Reflecting on an art-fueled weekend
Reflecting on an art-fueled weekend
By IAN PAIGE  |  December 10, 2008


Mind architect

Sara Crall's expert hand is on show at Franklin Street Art Space
Viewing Sara Crall's new show, "observations of," at Franklin Street Art Space in Biddeford is like listening to a musician interpret her own song.
By IAN PAIGE  |  November 19, 2008


It's okay to draw with markers

An interview with Chad Verrill of CVIC works
Chad Verrill, 34, makes drawings and prints at his home in Portland, where he's lived since he arrived in 1992 for a short-lived stint at the Portland School of Art.
By IAN PAIGE  |  November 12, 2008


No man is an island

“The line between art and life should be kept as fluid, and perhaps indistinct, as possible.” _Allan Kaprow
When Allan Kaprow presented his first performance at New York’s Reuben Gallery in 1959, the conception for the first Happening was tightly scripted.  
By IAN PAIGE  |  October 22, 2008


On what ground?

Greg Parker and Noa Warren at June Fitzpatrick
The experience gap between Greg Parker and Noa Warren makes their joint show at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery at the Maine College of Art all the more exciting.  
By IAN PAIGE  |  October 16, 2008


When ordinary is extraordinary

Gil Corral’s questions and answers in Biddeford
Biddeford artist Gil Corral seems to be one of those people whose surreality often seemS detached from everyday matters, but who can at times distill that perspective to simple truth.
By IAN PAIGE  |  September 25, 2008


Animal collective

Strength in numbers in Brunswick
!nd!v!duals (a group comprised of Dom, Meers, Col!n, and Luke O) has overrun Brunswick’s Coleman Burke Gallery with an impressive display of giant beasts toting weapons.
By IAN PAIGE  |  August 27, 2008


Searching for the self

Yeshe Parks explores the junkyard at Whitney Art Works
At Whitney Art Works, Maine-based artist Yeshe Parks reveals to us this trajectory of translation with a collection of recent work.
By IAN PAIGE  |  August 20, 2008


Divine service

An interview with Oscar Mokeme
Oscar Mokeme is the Director of Portland Maine’s Museum of African Culture, which he co-founded in 1998 with Hannaford executive and collector Arthur Aleshire.
By IAN PAIGE  |  July 31, 2008


Devil in the details

Andrea Sulzer’s “After Nature” is a must-see
A small solo show of Andrea Sulzer’s drawings and woodcuts at the Bowdoin Museum of Art, entitled “After Nature,” is nothing short of riveting.
By IAN PAIGE  |  July 23, 2008


Form to a voice

Questions for Carl Klimt
Only 24 years old, Klimt has transitioned from his studies at Bowdoin College to a life in Portland as a professional artist and an adventuresome alter ego that has traversed as far as Antarctica.
By IAN PAIGE  |  July 02, 2008
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