Hawk & Handsaw: Twenty Who Know the Difference
Hawk & Handsaw: Twenty Who Know the Difference - Selected works by 20 contemporary Maine artists who have been featured in Hawk & Handsaw, the journal of creative sustainability published since 2007 by Unity College. The exhibition is curated by Ben Potter, professor of art at Unity College, and CMCA director Suzette McAvoy. The title of the journal and exhibition comes from the following verses in Shakespeare's Hamlet (Act 2, Scene 2):
I am but mad north-north-west. When the wind is southerly,
I know a hawk from a handsaw.
In the introduction to the first issue of Hawk & Handsaw, the editors write that, like Hamlet, they too "know which way the wind blows." They know that "living a sustainable life can be messy and meaningful -- that it requires reflection, deep philosophical commitment, and (more often than not) a good sense of humor." They value creative work that "questions the status quo either in content or presentation -- work that bumps up against convention and genre, and even gives either one of them a good nudge now and then," resulting in new ways to approach the crucial discourse about sustainable ways of being in the world.
The exhibition is part of this fall's Maine Environmental Art and Design (MEAD) celebration -- a collaboration among CMCA, Unity College, Waterfall Arts, and other mid-coast arts organizations.