Anselmi solos at Carver Hill

Aug 30, 2014
Daniel Anselmi of Belfast will show work from his 2013 Monhegan Residency at Rockland’s Carver Hill Gallery.

Rockland — Carver Hill Gallery, 338 Main St., will welcome Daniel Anselmi with a solo show opening First Friday, Sept. 5. The Belfast artist will be on hand from 5 to 8 p.m., and refreshments will be served.

The show, “Monhegan Island Series and Other Works,” will feature Anselmi's pieces from a residency on Monhegan Island, as well as a collection of larger paintings, collages and sculptures. The Monhegan Residency Program is a five-week retreat for just two artists per summer, carefully selected from many applicants eager to have creative time on this beautiful island. Rockwell Kent, George Bellows and the Wyeth family, to name a few, have been inspired by the quiet magic of this island.

There is a strong architectural aspect of Anselmi's work, and his palette is typically earthy, very reminiscent of modernist colors and tones, with texture and depth. He uses found objects in his two- and three-dimensional work, so skillfully incorporated that one might not notice. The discarded paper, which can be old blueprints, ledgers, navigation charts, etc., is painted over with oil, and then arranged as one would apply different colors with a brush. The re-appropriated objects in his sculpture seem perfectly planned.

"Though sourced materials are not intended to be recognizable in my abstractions, sometimes surface traces remain that become a moment of discovery for the discriminating viewer," he said.

Anselmi has had three museum shows in 15 months including at the University of New England, Portland; Portland Public Library’s Lewis Gallery; and the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor. His show at Carver Hill will run through Oct. 1. For more information, visit carverhillgallery.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

The Carver Hill show also will feature Daniel Anselmi’s sculpture.
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