Seven Artists Drawn from Maine
Bruce Brown, Guest Curator
Curator Emeritus, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
Opening Thursday, July 10, 2008
Exhibition continues through August 15th
from Maine” features seven highly accomplished artists, ranging from
emerging to established, whose works on paper are attracting attention
both nationally and internationally. To varying degrees Scott Davis,
Anna Hepler, Alison Hildreth, Joe Kievitt, Justin Richel, Mara
Sprafkin, and Andrea Sulzer address issues of personal memory or the
passage of time, either historically via the Federal-era humorous
portraits of Richel or the Pop movement of the 1960s by Sprafkin.
Maine’s great artistic legacy rests primarily on landscape paintings of
Winslow Homer, Marsden Hartley, and Andrew Wyeth among countless
others. In this instance Hildreth, Kievitt and Sulzer reference the
landscape in drawings that depend far more on pattern calling to mind
Asian art and fragmentation than to traditional landscapes. Scott
Davis’s elegant drawings reduced to essential lines speak to the
economy of Japanese haiku poetry (and Shaker furniture) whereas
Hepler’s obsessive detailed mark making in her two large circle
drawings was created in a Zen-like meditative state of mind.
Altogether, the aim of this exhibition has been to bring together seven
distinctly different voices from Maine whose works invite a lively
conversation among each other.