ROCKLAND — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA), 21 Winter St., announces four fall exhibitions that open to the public Saturday, Oct. 1, and remain on view through Jan. 8. CMCA hosts a free, public artists reception Saturday, Oct. 1, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., including light refreshments.

The reception will be preceded at 2 p.m. by a conversation with artists Eneida Sanches and Daniel Minter moderated by Dr. Henry J. Drewal. Learn more at cmcnow.org.

Daniel Minter + Eneida Sanches  |  “through this to that”
Bruce Brown Gallery
Daniel Minter and Eneida Sanches’ collaborative, immersive installation “through this to that” explores the artists’ shared cultural histories as citizens of the African Diaspora in the United States and Brazil (respectively). The exhibition takes visitors on a sequential journey through an 1,800-square-foot installation featuring video projections, painting, sculpture, assemblage, large scale sculptural environments and interactive works.

Minter and Sanches focus on two interrelated axes — Transportation and Transmission. Transportation serves as a metaphor for the displacement of people over place and time, with the exhibition featuring artworks referencing ships, railways and footsteps – mechanisms of movement that convey both involuntary and voluntary histories.

Transmission is an unpacking of the ways in which these methods of transportation have impacted lived experiences by people of the African diaspora. Shared cultural histories are embodied even across distances. Transmission moves between the human and non-human worlds including communication with plants, rocks and all natural things.

No matter where they are taken or choose to go, people of African descent are everywhere.

“through this to that” is made possible by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and support from CMCA donors and members. Direct support to the artists and the creation of their work was made possible by Indigo Arts Alliance.

The exhibition is organized by CMCA Executive Director and Chief Curator Timothy Peterson in partnership with Indigo Arts Alliance Executive Director and Curator Marcia Minter in collaboration with the artists.

“Lace Crystal” by Ian Trask.

Ian Trask  |  “Mind Loops”
Marilyn Moss Rockefeller Lobby + Karen and Rob Brace Hall
For his exhibition, Ian Trask premieres a new series of sculpture and installation works created with materials intercepted from the local waste stream. Emulating the critical role decomposers (like moss and fungi) play in reinvigorating natural ecosystems, Trask’s practice is a holistic system of recirculating man-made debris into remarkable artworks.

Influenced by his education and experience in the sciences, this exhibition premieres a monumental, textile-based, wall-mounted installation with suspended sculptures. His multi-component artworks rely on suspension and interconnection, resulting in a complex interplay of logic and abstraction.

Trask has exhibited at Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Wassaic Project (New York), Cove Street Arts, Waterville Creates, and the Danforth Gallery at University of Maine, among other venues. Trask has been an artist-in-residence at Pioneer Works (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Mass MOCA (North Adams, Mass.), Marble House Project (Dorset, Vt.), and most recently at the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation (Rockland, Maine). In 2018 he self-published his first artist book, “Strange Histories: A Bizarre Collaboration,” and has been featured in numerous publications, such as the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Portland Press Herald, Brooklyn Magazine and Christian Century.

The exhibition is organized by CMCA Executive Director and Chief Curator Timothy Peterson in collaboration with the artist.

“Mind Loops” is made possible by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and support from CMCA donors and members.

A still from “CALCIUM” by Elijah Ober.

Elijah Ober  |  “CALCIUM” / “Your Future Ex Squirrelfriend”
Guy D. Hughes Gallery
Elijah Ober’s solo exhibition brings together two ongoing bodies of work that center on the lives of two species often regarded as pests — snails and squirrels. Ober’s engaging works uncover information about the lands on which we reside and the ways we utilize and relate to ecosystems and resources.

“CALCIUM” presents two digitally animated videos depicting snails hunting for a key shell-health supplement: calcium. Inspired by a small snail crawling up his leg while in his third floor studio, Ober became fascinated by the tenacity of this small creature. Through imaginary narratives, he explores their translucence and mutability, their hermaphroditic power, and their alchemical shell building.

“Your Future Ex Squirrelfriend” is a collection of carved Styrofoam squirrels. While observing squirrels in his yard, Ober found in them a rich source of intrigue. He noticed their overlooked physical grace and their school-like behavior, appearing and disappearing like a hypervigilant superorganism. For Ober, these small creatures embody many dichotomies. They are brave and fierce, yet soft and small. They are cute, yet disdained by many. These sculptures show them in their most self-aware state: playful, diligent, caring and mischievous.

Ober is a sculptor and animator based in Maine. He studied Art and Anthropology at Bowdoin College. He has attended residencies at the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, Monson Arts, and Gardenship (N.J.). His work has recently been shown at the Portland Museum of Art, Cove Street Arts, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, and New System Exhibitions, and was featured in CMCA’s 2020 Biennial. Elijah is the recipient of a 2021 Maine Arts Commission Project Grant.

The exhibition is organized by CMCA Executive Director and Chief Curator Timothy Peterson and Curatorial Associate and Exhibitions Manager Rachel Romanski in collaboration with the artist.

“CALCIUM” / “Your Future Ex Squirrelfriend” is made possible by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and support from CMCA donors and members.

The artist received funding to support the creation of these bodies of work from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Mouth-to-Mouth, Set & Setting” by Matthew Brannon from the exhibit “Interior.”

“Interior”
Main Gallery
In a state known for its magnificent outdoors, this exhibition brings together works by nine Maine-based and connected artists that explore the vast world of interior spaces. Spanning sculpture, installation, painting, photography, assemblage and printmaking, the artworks on view explore rural and urban spaces ranging from homes, historic spaces, museums and vehicles.

Whether offering an up-close view of a countertop; taking in the intimacy, grandeur or decline of domestic space; looking within a moving automobile; or serving as inspiration for abstraction; these artists’ works underscore the rich discoveries that can be found when we turn our attention indoors.

As we move into the fall and winter following two years of pandemic, it is invigorating to be reminded that interiors are far greater than sites of isolation and shelter, and can also inspire imagination, exploration and wonder. Artists featured in the exhibition include Genesis Belanger, Jenny Brillhart, Corinna D’Schoto, Smith Galtney, K. Min, Peter Moriarty, Carrie Schneider, Alec Soth, Gail Spaien and Jay Stern.

This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and by the generous support of CMCA donors and members.

“Interior” is curated by Executive Director and Chief Curator Timothy Peterson and Curatorial Associate and Exhibitions Manager Rachel Romanski.
CMCA is dedicated to advancing contemporary art in Maine through direct engagement with artists and the public, creating exceptional exhibitions and education programs that communicate the transformative power of the art of our time. CMCA fulfills its mission by supporting and exhibiting the work of artists with ties to Maine; by providing engaging learning opportunities that open new possibilities for artists and visitors; and by serving as an essential platform for making art an accessible and vital part of our communities.