USM’s Art Department & Galleries celebrated the opening of the traveling group exhibition,“Resonance and Memory: The Essence of Landscape,” with a reception on October 5 at the USM Art Gallery in Gorham. The exhibition showcases reimagined landscapes with paintings, sculpture, digital drawings, photography and glass works by a group of eight artists. The exhibition runs through December 8.
Each of the eight artists in this exhibition commemorates the profoundly mysterious, elusive and imaginary qualities of landscape. Below is an excerpt from a review in New York Art Beat by Mary Hrbacek of the exhibition’s debut at the Elga Wimmer, PCC in New York City:
“Resonance and Memory: The Essence of Landscape, curated by Robert Curcio and organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates, displays eight distinctive artists whose fresh perspective on landscape reinvigorates the genre by infusing it with issues that span time, real space, digital intervention, and altered observed reality. This diverse show includes paintings, sculpture, digital drawings, photography, and glass works by Kathleen Elliot, Sandra Gottlieb, J.J. L’Heureux, John Lyon Paul, Rebeca Calderón Pittman, Gerry Tuten, Gail Watkins, and Martin Weinstein.”
“Each artist on view has formulated a complex oeuvre that is attuned to his or her overriding vision of postmodern landscape work in an era of ecological degradation. All the works embody a sense of hopeful commitment to manifesting their intentions to make their distinctive voices heard. These artists forge their art in a joyful attitude of engaging enquiry; despite the global environmental crisis the works show no trace of morbidity or despair.”
Visiting art critic and curator Dominique Nahas spoke at the October 5 opening reception. "Eight artists, eight visions. Unique and separate united by a desire to deeply connect to natural surroundings through a mode of highly reflective awareness," he said. "Each artwork arouses complex pleasures and varied moods. Each artwork in a manifestation of the emotional truth of the author of the artwork. These emotional truths are sustained by a drive by each artist to immerse himself or herself in introspective moments that both embody and transfigure the natural circumstances that are depicted."
Nahas also gave a talk on the topic of “Doing and Undergoing—The Artist's Creed” on October 6 for USM students, faculty and the public. Nahas spoke about how one can learn to fully engage, not control, the imagination. A former museum director based in Brooklyn, New York, Nahas is an independent critic and curator who has organized hundreds of art exhibitions.
On November 17,“Resonance and Memory” exhibition artist and painter Martin Weinstein, who shows his work in New York City and across the nation, will visit campus to give a talk on his artist process. In the late 1990s, Weinstein started painting on layered sheets of plastic out in the landscape, incorporating different times into the successive layers. By painting on layers of transparent acrylic, he juxtaposes visual elements using brushstrokes that are physically independent of the lower layers.
Resonance and Memory: The Essence of Landscape
October 5 - December 8, 2017
Opening reception: Thursday, October 5, 5pm - 7pm, gallery talk at 6:15pm by art critic Dominique Nahas
USM Art Gallery
5 University Way, Gorham
USM Art Gallery hours: Wednesday & Thursday, 9am-6pm; Friday—Sunday, noon—4pm
Artist Talk by Martin Weinstein, “Resonance and Memory” exhibition artist
Friday, November 17
1pm - 2pm
Burnham Lounge, Robie Andrews Hall
37 College Avenue, Gorham
All exhibitions and events hosted by the USM Art Department and Gallery are free and open to the public. To learn more about 2017 exhibitions and programs, click here.