CMCA Sunday Salons tackle ‘Materiality’

Nov 22, 2017
Belfast artist and Unity College prof Ben Potter, right, discusses his “Small Mountains” with visitors at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland.

Rockland — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., invites the public to attend a series of Sunday Salon gallery talks with artists featured in the current exhibition, “Materiality: The Matter of Matter.” The Salons are scheduled for Sundays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17; and Feb. 4, at 3 p.m.

CMCA's Sunday Salons are an ongoing series of engaging talks and conversations by artists and leaders in the fields of contemporary art and design. Sunday Salons are free to CMCA members, otherwise included with admission. Participants are invited to stay following the talks for further conversation and refreshments.

The artists in the exhibition will present engaging, short talks about the materials they use, how they use them and why. Each artist will feature five slides of their work and influences. The first talk in the series, Dec. 3, will feature Adam Lampton (South Portland), Ben Potter (Belfast) and Ian Trask (Brunswick). Lampton uses common household materials such as plastic bags and flour to create artificial landscapes that he then photographs, constructing a visual memory of the Colorado Front Range region that he left as a younger man.

Potter’s work reflects his interdisciplinary background in the arts and sciences. Working in a variety of simple forms that often recall landscape elements, he experiments with natural materials, such as bee pollen, silver and clay.

Trask is a biologist turned artist. His sculptures transform materials of waste and commercial byproducts into refined aesthetic objects that reinterpret a material’s value and usefulness. Trask chooses to create his art from things that are either discarded or donated by others in a deliberate effort to let scarcity and access dictate the direction of his work.

On Dec. 10, the series will include a performance by Heather Lyon (Blue Hill) with a talk following. The Dec. 17 will include talks by Stephanie Cardon (Cushing and Roslindale, Mass.), Lisa Kellner (Deer Isle) Loretta Park (Brunswick and Jamaica Plain, Mass.) and Emilie Stark-Menneg (Brunswick). The final talk of the series, Feb. 4, includes Jackie Brown (Bath), Jonathan Mess (Jefferson) and Aaron T Stephan (Portland).

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

The “Materiality: The Matter of Matter” exhibition is installed throughout Rockland’s Center for Maine Contemporary Art.
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