USM Art Department

Lin Lisberger's Exhibition of "Gravity" Opens at Cove Street Arts on June 11th.

Who's the Victim? (Rocket)

Lin Lisberger: Gravity, at Cove Street Arts

June 11, 2020 — August 29, 2020

71 Cove St., Portland, ME

Open: M-F 10 to 5:30 pm, Sat. 10 to 5 pm
(207) 808-8911


Combining work from two of her series, Who’s the Victim? and Ladder and Bridge, Lin Lisberger explores fundamental forces that we often feel but do not fully understand, which more and more draw us into opposition.

About The Show:

“But it is a curve each of them feels, unmistakably. It is the parabola. They must have guessed, once or twice — guessed and refused to believe — that everything, always, collectively, had been moving toward that purified shape latent in the sky, that shape of no surprise, no second chance, no return. Yet they do move forever under it, reserved for its own black-and-white bad news certainly as if it were the rainbow, and they its children.” - Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow

The word gravity comes from a Latin root meaning “weight, heaviness, pressure.”  Gravity can denote seriousness or dignity.  It can also refer to the weakest fundamental force in physics, yet is the force that defines the very structure of the universe.  It is the attractive force between two objects or, perhaps more precisely, the impact two objects have on one another as each bends the fabric of space and time.  Whichever meaning is used and whatever the underlying reality of that meaning, gravity is something we all feel.

This exhibition combines work from two of Lin Lisberger’s series: Who’s the Victim? and Ladder and Bridge, each of which addresses forces that we feel but often do not understand or cannot escape. The work from Who’s the Victim? confronts the viewer with objects in opposition, often at the exact moment in time that each is impacting the other.  What forces have brought the objects together, and what compels their interactions?

The pieces from Ladder and Bridge explore movement through space.  They twist upwards in timeless forms as if they are trying to escape the conflict present in Who’s the Victim? and perhaps even the binds of gravity.  Yet the structure required just to extend a few feet off the ground is evident.


Predominantly a wood carver, Lin Lisberger’s sculpture is a sketch of a moment in time and space and the life of the tree. Her work focuses on the abstraction of narrative.  Lin teaches Sculpture and Drawing at USM, and is co-teaching EXPERIMENTAL SKETCHBOOKS: TIME AND SPACE TO CREATE, at Home Residency with Rebecca Goodale this summer.  To see more information visit the Art Department Summer Session page.