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Open to Interpretation, by Design
"A Semblance of Resemblance" exhibition on art and the nature of the image opens at Lord Hall June 28, 2007
A Semblance of Resemblance
18 June - 3 August 2007
Lord Hall, U-Me campus
Gallery hours M-F 9-4
Opening reception Thursday 28 June 6-8pm
A Semblance of Resemblance brings together the work of three Maine artists, Andy Hurtt, Owen Smith and Alan Stubbs, in a provocative new show that offers more questions than answers. But this is just the intent of the artists in the show.
Although these artists are in no way uniform in their approach or interests, the works they have chosen for this show challenge the same assumptions, from the nature of art and its relevance to life to how we understand what the artist is saying.
Andy Hurtt has included some 20 digital photographic prints from a series in which he seeks to explore the basis of images and how we create or assign meaning. These large colorful images are layered with semi-translucent words playing with the nature of the visual and the verbal as they "hide" and "reveal" the potential meanings of what we see.
Alan Stubbs, a perceptual psychologist by training, has 10 photographic images that play with our senses. Their apparent familiarity acts to draw us in; we appear to be looking at something that we recognize, but can't really make out. The images seem abstract, but simultaneously photographically real and we are left to question what it is that we are perceiving.
The third artist in the exhibition, Owen Smith, is represented by a wide variety of media types--painting, sculpture, digital print, video and net art. Yet these diverse media are united by questions they raise rather than the artist's habitual choice of materials.
A Semblance of Resemblance is a rich feast for the eye and mind, and a trip well worth taking to the Lord Hall Gallery on the University of Maine Campus. The exhibition is open Monday through Friday 9-4 through August 3, 2007.
For more information please contact: Krista Molnar Smith at the UMaine Dept. of Art by email: molnar (at) maine.edu
Updated: 2007-08-12 by Jon Ippolito
Posted 2007-06-26 14:10:58 by Jon Ippolito
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