Four new exhibitions to open at CMCA

Posted Sept. 26, 2011, at 11:27 a.m.

ROCKPORT, Maine — A diverse group of new exhibitions will open Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport with a public reception for the artists at 4-6 p.m. The exhibitions will run through Dec. 11.

The exhibition “still/moving” brings together the intertwined disciplines of Deborah Wing-Sproul. Using performance, video, sculptural objects, printmaking and photography, these new works illuminate the ways in which Wing-Sproul approaches materials as extensions of her body. Three of Wing-Sproul’s aluminum Durational Devices will be on view alongside photographic prints showing the devices as performed. Two new videos will be on view in the gallery and a third will be projected in a two-part event on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Pascal Hall, where the artist will present “embodiment,” a live performance using Device #2 in a durational dry-point drawing.

“Sferics” and “Aural Ecosystem” are two interrelated interactive installations by artists Zach Poff and N.B. Aldrich. Much of their work is rooted in speculation about observed systems of organization, whether biological, physical, sociological or cognitive. The installations use environmental stimuli to generate sound and light. “Sferics” tracks the electromagnetic energy produced by atmospheric lightning within a 500-mile radius and uses that information to modulate an ambient lighting system in real time. “Aural Ecosystem” is a field of synthesizers that live, die and breed with one another while gathering energy from the light created in the space by “Sferics.”

The exhibitions “Pieced” and “Wired” present the work of three contemporary artists whose work reinterprets traditional quilt forms in nontraditional materials and modes of presentation. Gabriella D’Italia’s quilts and new Portables are both simple and elaborate in their construction and design. Each Portable can be taken apart easily and transported, but each is juxtaposed with material that has been subjected to labor-intensive, repetitive practices. George Mason’s plaster, burlap and casein wall reliefs are composed of individual, richly textured and colored “tiles” that reference the pieced construction of sewn quilts. Ellen Wieske’s wire “drawings” and “quilts” pay tribute to the pattern, texture and complexity found in traditional handwork.

Wing-Sproul lives in Cape Elizabeth and is the 2011 Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellow in Performing/Media Arts.

Aldrich of Penobscot is a new media artist who teaches in the new media department and Intermedia MFA program at the University of Maine.

Poff is a New York-area digital media artist.

D’Italia lives in Newburgh and is in the Intermedia MFA program at the University of Maine.

Mason lives and works in Nobleboro.

Wieske lives in Deer Isle where she is assistant director at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft.

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs. It is located at 162 Russell Ave. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5, free to members. For more information, visit http://cmcanow.org/.

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