Chiasm: New Work by Meg Brown Payson
December 4 - February 8, 2014
Reception: January 23, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Gallery talk: January 29, 3:00pm
The multimedia project entitled Chiasm addresses the landscape as an exchange between the encultured mind and the wild world. The exhibition will feature six new pieces including tapestry and video, both new mediums for the artist, alongside Payson’s multi-panel paintings and large-scale drawing on silk.
Chiasm is a term used in genetics and optical anatomy to refer to an exchange of information, and in literature to refer to a repeating poetic structure. In philosophic terms, chiasm describes the interactive nature of perception. Payson’s work addresses this specifically by exploring how our perception of the wild is both deepened and blinded by its familiarity. For Chiasm, she has created architecturally specific pieces for the McCoy gallery that fill the viewer’s field of vision. Evoking a sense of fluid aliveness in whirls of line and color, Payson’s work shimmers across long horizontals, vertical tapestry, and sixty-five square feet of floor space. As the artist describes, visitors can expect to enter a “rich and textured world of ambiguous form and odd color”.
To Mend: New Work by George Mason
October 15 - November 26, 2013
Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, October 17, 3:30-5:00
Maine artist George Mason’s work employs mysteriously complex fields of text and patterns that drape like monumental mythologies along the gallery walls. Part relief sculpture, part painting, Mason’s images suggest codes that become visual environments, inviting the viewer into absorbing surfaces within which one discovers a soulful antiquity.
His ‘To Mend’ series are works with irregularities — gaps that have been filled in, patch-worked to wholeness. Predominantly made in green tonalities, the mixed media works are achievements of visual poise and serenity.
Mason will be on hand Thursday, October 17 to discuss his work.
Previous exhibitions, 2013-2014
Arthur DiMambro: Paintings & Sculpture
September 1 - October 10, 2013
Reception for the artist: Sunday, September 15, 2-4pm
Arthur DiMambro’s paintings embody the idea of painting as reflection. In the first sense of reflection his images can be experienced as his personal vision of the world seen and moved through. His landscape paintings and his still life paintings convey a sense of time - the time to see, to move within and to render in paint. Often thick and shining, his paint marks record the traveling hand acting the part of the eye. A fisherman as well as a painter, DiMambro spends a lot of time in or at the edge of rivers and streams, their mirror surfaces disrupted by river stones or a hooked fish breaking the surface. Reflectivity is altered by the artist/fisherman’s interaction within the physical world. His paintings collect these interactions as satisfying arrangements of marks, gestures, spaces and colors emerging as fully realized image events. DiMambro’s sculpture, although essentially figurative, present the figure in spatial contexts. They do not simply exist in an unnamed Utopia. They are in time and in place.