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Sohns Gallery features the work of Caleb Charland

BANGOR The Sohns Gallery at the Rock & Art Shop is featuring the work of Maine artist Caleb Charland. Back to Light demonstrates a connection to the exploratory capacity of art.

The work explores the nature of electricity with variations on the classic potato battery experiment that is a staple of grade school science. Informed by the scientific work of Michael Faraday, Charland's work shows us that 'Nothing is too wonderful to be true,' borrowing the words of Farady.

Charland's medium is fruit, some copper wiring and a camera. For much of his work, 'Orange Battery,' for example, he used a long exposure time in order to capture the effect since the light put off tends to be dim. Some of the larger installations used exposure times up to 16 hours. This created amazing effects in certain works that traced the movement of stars across the sky. 'The utter simplicity of this electrical phenomenon is endlessly fascinating for me,' Charland said in his artist statement.

This form explores the link between science and creativity. 'For me, wonder is a state of mind somewhere between knowledge and uncertainty. An energy vibrates in that space between our perceptions of the world and the potential the mind senses for our interventions within the world,' Charland said in his artist statement. The body of work speaks to both this innate curiosity as well as 'a global concern for the future of earth's energy sources.' In a way his work is a testament to the idea of the world functioning like a battery and storing great potential for powering us into the future.

Currently Charland's work is also featured at the Gallery Kayafas in Boston. Back to Light will be available for viewing until July 29. And this Friday, June 21, Caleb Charland will be at the Rock & Art Shop for an artist talk and reception. The reception with be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a lecture by the artist at 7 p.m.

The Rock & Art Shop is located at 36 Central Street in Bangor. For more information visit the Rock & Art Shop, or go to or


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