Bright colors and geometric shapes almost jump off the recycled wood panels at Central Gallery in downtown Bangor. The drawing and paintings create a sense of old and new, a sense that our present-day gadgets only are possible because of the technology of the past.
The Dinosaurs of Industry and the Rhythm of Man is a series of drawings, paintings and 3-D objects created by Portland-based artist Michael Lewis. Most of the work features geometric shapes and brilliant blues, greens and yellows painted on reclaimed sheets of wood.
Lewis has been painting, drawing and illustrating since the summer of 2003. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in illustration from Syracuse University and his Master of Fine Arts degree in studio arts from Maine College of Art.
According to his artist statement, the exhibit utilizes patterns and depictions of antiquated technology and living matter to create a dialogue about “present day computer aided eco-friendly society.” Work from the collection is on display at Central Gallery in Bangor through June 3.
“I hope people get a little bit of pause, that they take a second to sit and enjoy,” Lewis said. “I hope that they will be inspired to pay closer attention to the smaller things in life, some of the things that are old, busted or broken that we don’t really pay attention to but were necessary for us to get where we are today.”
Central Gallery is operated by Launchpad, a nonprofit arts incubator that works to draw attention to new and emerging artists from around the country. It is located at 89 Central St. in Bangor and is open Monday through Friday from noon to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about Lewis or to follow his work, which will be displayed at galleries throughout Maine this summer, visit his website at lewisacrylics.com.