Greetings from ME: Hm? at UMaine Arts

Certain cities have the look of a way of life that once was. While people still live and interact in them, the kind of life that was is still obvious. These were bustling places, usually centered on one big moneymaker, here lumber, and supporting industries. Today it is a city of about 35,000 in the city proper. It has an interest from its topography and the way streets and buildings fit into that. This is not unlike the more coastal towns. There is some beautiful brickwork including the building which will house The University of Maine Museum of Art at Bangor.

The museum has a curious policy. You may photograph, but you may not shoot one image alone. So the work presented here is in mass. The show of three different artists takes place between October 14 – December 30, 2011

Dominic Chavez: The Global Lens

There are two very good images, one of which is quite beautiful. I wish there had been more work shown of his. I felt it did not do him justice to shoot the one shot I really loved, that of women serving out food to children who had AIDS. The show is his recent photojournalist work and I wish there had been more of it.

Abe Ajay: Constructions

These are pristine constructions in wood mostly, but some in plexiglas done in the later part of the 20th century. These are extremely professional and very carefully crafted pieces, but to compare the work to Nevelson’s would be like comparing a bathing suit to a fur coat.

Carlo Pittore: Studio Life

This celebration of the artist’s life appears to be done with great sentiment. But great sentiment, does not always make great art. The hanging of the collection of work is done nicely and there are many portraits both oil and some nice drawings.

Additional

As this is a college museum there are behests which are also shown from the permanent collection. Two woodcuts shown here are Richard Diebenkorn’s Blue (left),  and Helen Frankenthaler’s Essence Mulberry. (right).

The viewing of this work was for free, and a nice way to spend part of an afternoon. The hanging is very professional. The staff was extremely nice. For more about this collection and museum: http://umma.umaine.edu/

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