Emery Arts Center Exhibit: ATTENTION: New Work by Tom Jessen

Posted Feb. 17, 2013, at 3:39 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 18, 2013, at 1:03 p.m.

Sunday, February 17 to Saturday, March 23, 2013; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Emery Arts Center , 111 South Street, Farmington, Maine

Contact: Kristen Case; 207-491-7675


There will be a public reception with cash bar on Friday, March 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Emery Arts Center at the University of Maine, Farmington for the exhibition ATTENTION: New Works by Tom Jessen. The exhibit runs February 16 through March 23, 2013. The gallery is open daily from 11 AM to 6 PM.

Tom Jessen’s paintings and mixed-media works explore the boundaries between immediate experience and the self-conscious art object, referentiality and abstraction, repetition and difference. He received a BFA in painting from the University of Iowa and now lives in Temple, Maine.

The mixed media, site-specific work in ATTENTION reflects the artist’s interest in pattern, specifically the tendency of patterns to come in and out of the viewer’s immediate focus. Pattern engages our attention in a particular way: it has the effect of both being there and not being there, the fluctuation between presence and absence reflecting the perception and habits of attention of the viewer. These works engage a number of questions about perception, the immediacy of experience, the act of knowing and one’s relationship with a particular space.