‘Escaping Boundaries’ at CRAFT
Rockland — CRAFT gallery will open its last show of the season Friday, Oct. 5 with "Escaping Boundaries," new work by Portland artist Lissa Hunter and Simon van der Ven, Lincolnville potter. The gallery is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm St., across from the Farnsworth Art Museum.
Hunter defies the conventions of keeping art within the confines of the picture frame — her drawings begin within its borders, spill out and escape on to the surrounding gallery walls. It is an uninhibited way of presenting art with spontaneity, freedom and drama. Hunter, herself, is breaking away from the confines of her background in basketry and exploring drawing as an additional means of artistic expression.
Ceramic artist Simon van der Ven, too, is escaping from the conventions and boundaries of the clay vessel as container. By piercing and opening its form, he questions and explores what a vessel is. Piercing is a signature of his work, combining it with classic forms that show great skill and perfection.
Joining them to celebrate American Craft Week, Oct. 5 to 12, is Belfast calligrapher Jan Owen. Her calligraphy on layered scrolls of Hollytex polyester recall the historic traditions of recording text. It is her contemporary interpretation of layering new thoughts over past ideas that have been erased from ancient parchment manuscripts.
The show will continue until Nov. 11, when CRAFT will close for the winter months. For more information, call 594-0167 or visit craftonelm.com.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or email@example.com.