December 3, 2018
Using household materials and small-scale models, Adam Lampton (South Portland, ME) is trying to make visible the image of Colorado’s Front Range that he has constructed in his head since leaving the region as a younger man. He is interested in the distance between physical geography and one’s personal experience of that geography. He says, “When absent from a place, whether because I have left or because I have yet to go, I find myself building a scaffold around the incomplete image in my head. From there I can start to fill in the cracks and missing pieces with memory or expectation. The patches are often incongruent and eventually the original structure is obscured by this awkward surface that serves more as a mask than a support.”
Ben Potter’s art practice stems from his interdisciplinary background, and uses subjects drawn primarily from the landscape and the sciences as the basis for his formal and conceptual investigation. Potter (Belfast, ME) is interested in the oscillation between representation and abstraction, and how we experience and make sense of our surroundings. He says, “I work with the connotations of materials and the nuance they lend to the work. Materials such as clay and silver have meaning beyond their physical qualities: stability, wealth, transformation. Simple forms can have many layers of nuance.”
Ian Trask (Brunswick, ME) is a scientist turned artist. His sculptures transform materials of waste and commercial byproducts into refined aesthetic objects through an alchemistic procedure of reinterpreting a material’s value and usefulness. In many of Trask’s sculptures, the viewer will find a mischievous invitation. Texture and tangibility are essential to the experience of these objects, and by provoking the impulse to explore, each piece rouses in the beholder the same spirit of curiosity, experimentation and play that occasioned their creation. Trask chooses to create his art from things that are either discarded or donated by others in a deliberate effort to let scarcity and access dictate the direction of his work.
Exhibition sponsor: 250 Main Hotel | Media Sponsor: Maine Public