The Atrium Art Gallery at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn Campus presents Secrets of the Sea, a multi-media exhibition of work inspired by marine plants and animals. The exhibit opens September 18 and continues through November 22, and includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and work in glass, metal, stone, wood, fiber, and video by 23 artists.
Works in the exhibit were inspired by marine plants such as kelp and bladderwrack, invertebrate species including sea urchins, barnacles, mollusks, sea slugs, octopus, horseshoe crabs, and vertebrates such as fish and whales.
The exhibition features poetry from 12 writers in a chapbook titled Poems For Tube-Snouts and Other Secrets of the Sea.
Secrets of the Sea, supported by Bangor Savings Bank, opens Thursday, September 18, with a reception free and open to the public from 5-7 p.m. The reception will feature gourmet delicacies of the sea including several made with seaweed from Ocean Approved, a kelp farm off Casco Bay.
Highlights of the exhibit include Angler Fish, by the late Nathan Nicholls of Waldoboro, Maine. The 6 ft. long by 52” high interpretation of an angler fish is welded with scrap metal including garden forks, rake tines, propane tank, bicycle seat, and pick heads. His Sea Horse is made with a snowmobile muffler, horse shoes, and other recognizable scrap metal items.
The exhibit includes several photographs by Adam P. Summer, biologist at the Comparative Vertebrate Biomechanics Lab at the University of Washington, accompanied by poems by Sierra Nelson. Dr. Summers uses marine specimens collected from fishing operations as the medium in an artistic project revealing the anatomical structure of sea creatures. The stained skeletal tissues are visible through the skin and flesh, exposing the biological innards as vibrantly colored matter. The photographs are not only mesmerizing on an aesthetic scale, but also give a rare glimpse of the underlying structure of the animal, visualizing their vertebrates, skeletons, and soft tissues.
The exhibition features poetry from 14 writers in a chapbook titled Poems For Tube-Snouts and Other Secrets of the Sea. The exhibit also includes a 1½ minute stop-motion video by the artist PES. In 2013, the artist was nominated for an Academy Award for his brilliant, but brief, stop-action animated videos.
Works in the exhibit were inspired by marine plants such as bladderwrack, invertebrate species including sea urchins, barnacles, mollusks, sea slugs, octopus, horseshoe crabs, and vertebrates such as fish, seals, and whales.
Artists in the Exhibition
Kate Cheney Chappell
Sayuri Sasaki Hemann
R. Keith Rendall
Adam P. Summers