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Page Gallery presents 'Undercurrent' show

Jul 31, 2020
"Office Views" by Jonathan Laurence.

Camden — Page Gallery’s new show, "Undercurrent," highlights several new artists, including a few local favorites. This is an exhibition about the ocean as a limitless subject, unfathomable in its scope and variations. It invites and rewards attention, slowing down perception. This show explores Maine's waters and the many ways to relate to them: as a playground, a backdrop, a wilderness, an economy, an energy, a calm. New artists to the gallery for this show are Jonathan Laurence, Alison Langley, Dozier Bell and A. Emmanuelle Marpeau.

Jonathan Laurence, working as a sternman on and off for the last few years, has been documenting his time on the water through his photography, giving us an inside view of a working lobster boat. The familiar orange waterproof gear of commercial fishermen punctuate his images of the reflective first rays of sun and the steadfast work of hauling traps out in the elements. Laurence also shows the viewer his distinct vision of life on the water through his aerial views of docks and the surface of the water. The aerial scenes are simplified to quieted geometry, often with inky dark water.

Alison Langley has had a life full of boating, and always has her camera ready to capture a unique view of a sailboat. Well known for her nautical images, in this show she shares small moments, like a sail divides and envelopes the view from the cockpit while underway.

Dozier Bell, well known for her rich, dark and luminescent seascapes, is showing new work this month. These small and evocative pieces show the power and mystery of the ocean, whether in her charcoal drawings, or her careful oil paintings.

A. Emmanuelle Marpeau creates shadowboxes of historic nautical stories from New England. Some capture the simple tales of a small fishing boat, or the launching of a new sailboat. Other stories are more dramatic, such as the sinking of the whale boat "Essex," which was the inspiration for Melville to write the novel "Moby Dick."

Richard Remsen’s glass sculptures describe sea life from squid to lobster. His work is bursting with color and makes the most of the rich translucency of colored glass.

Also on display are Jessica Lee Ives, Sal Taylor Kydd, David Jacobson, JT Gibson, Ben Breda, Siri Beckman, Colin Page and Simon van der Ven.

"Undercurrent" is on view through Aug. 15. Page Gallery is located at 23 Bay View St. For hours and more information, visit thepagegallery.com.

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