‘Smallest House’ at CMCA for big weekend

Sep 04, 2017
Photo by: Don Eyles Boston artist Jeff Smith will bring “The Smallest House in the World” to the courtyard of Rockland’s Center for Maine Contemporary Art during the Camden International Film Festival.

Rockland — The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 21 Winter St., will present “The Smallest House in the World,” an art installation by sculptor Jeff Smith, in its courtyard Thursday through Sunday, Sept. 14 through 17.

Presented concurrently with the Camden International Film Festival, “The Smallest House in the World” includes a short documentary video about the project screened in its interior. Part sculpture, part experimental living project, at 25 square feet, this pad on wheels challenges even the most open-minded small-home dweller. And that’s kind of the point.

“When I looked at the tiny house movement, I saw everyone trying to make the best tiny house in the world, but no one was trying to make the smallest one,” said builder, sculptor and filmmaker Jeff Smith.

In wondering about this housing trend, he questioned, how small is too small for a house? In a movement called The Tiny House movement, this seemed like a really basic question that needed an answer.

"So, I built the smallest house in the world to test the limits of what a house can be,” Smith said.

Last year during CIFF, CMCA’s courtyard hosted “The Tent of Casually Observed Phenologies” by artist James Leonard, in which the artist gave divinatory readings about climate change inside a special, hand-sewn tent.

"With all the visitors in town for the film festival, it's a great opportunity for us to present really publicly accessible work that parallels current topics, such as sustainability, limited resources, and how we live in an increasingly congested world," said CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy.

CMCA is a contemporary arts institution presenting year-round exhibitions, engaging events, and educational programs for all ages. Hours through October are Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call 701-5005 or visit cmcanow.org.

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

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