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UMaine Museum of Art announces Fall Exhibitions

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I remember what I did not see I remember what I did not see Courtesy of the artist

BANGOR – The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow Street in downtown Bangor, will open three new exhibitions. UMMA, which is open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., brings innovative contemporary art exhibitions to the region and presents approximately 12 original exhibitions each year. UMMA's fall exhibitions will open to the public on Oct. 4, 2013 and run through Jan. 4, 2014. Admission is free in 2013 thanks to the generosity of Penobscot Financial Advisors.

Sachiko Akiyama:  On Finding Home

Sachiko Akiyama creates figures that are carved primarily from wood and finished with beautifully painted surfaces. The sculptures are often self-portraits which speak to the inner lives of individuals—quiet contemplations on the desires, fears, values and dreams that define our being. In “I Remember What I Did Not See,” we question the events which led to the female figure lying, eyes-closed, with one hand over her heart and the other holding a small bird. Perhaps Akiyama is inviting the viewer to reflect on the fragility of life, the connection and spiritual kinship with nature, or to survey life’s most personal and elemental moments.

Credits for attached image:

Sachiko Akiyama (American, born 1973)

“I Remember What I Did Not See,” 2010 Polychromed wood

Courtesy of the artist

Susan Burnstine & Lynn Saville: From the Shadows

From the Shadows features works by Los Angeles-based Susan Burnstine and Manhattan-based Lynn Saville. In these black and white images, both photographers capture mostly urban landscapes heightened with a sense of mystery and drama. Burnstine constructs handmade cameras and lenses to depict dreamlike places and moments in time. The hazy distortion suggests the locations are imprinted with memories or lying on the edge of consciousness. Saville explores night’s seductive essence in a series of photographs shot in Paris, Venice and New York City. In “Staten Island Ferry,” the vessel becomes a lone apparition on the river, while in “The Flatiron Building” the buildings are a darkened triangular mass defined by the glow of street and automobile lights.

Credits for attached images:

Susan Burnstine (American, born 1966)

“Around the Bend,” 2012

Hand varnished archival pigment print

Courtesy of the artist

Lynn Saville (American, born 1950)

“Pont D’lena,” 1999

Archival pigment print

Courtesy Gallery Kayafas, Boston

Gregory Kalliche:  GPOY

GPOY, which stands for Gratuitous Picture of Yourself, is Gregory Kalliche’s series exploring the idea of visual effects. Kalliche, who is based in New York, said, “Representations are ways we collectively depict and ultimately embody an anthropocentric nature.” UMMA’s Zillman Gallery becomes the setting for the artist’s 3D modeled animations and vinyl light stencil compositions. Through the artist’s inventive use of materials, the depiction of a table arranged with assorted food items takes on a new and grander meaning. Baskets of bananas, coffee carafes, sandwich platters and water bottles glimmer like a constellation in his light construction. Kalliche then singles out these elements in a video projection in which the portrayed subjects rotate and morph into new creations.

Credits for attached image:

Gregory Kalliche (American, born 1984)

“Craft Service,” 2013 (detail) Scratched enamel on stretched vinyl, CFL daylight bulbs

Courtesy of the artist

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