Maine Arts Journal Fall 2023: Materiality Archive

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The Maine Arts Journal: UMVA Quarterly

Materiality

Fall 2023

The Maine Arts Journal invited artists, writers and educators to reflect upon the many ways in which their work engages with the notion of Materiality, the theme of our Fall issue.

From the Editors: Natasha Mayers, Nora Tryon, Véronique Plesch, Betsy Sholl (poetry editor), with the help of Colby interns Sofia Escobar Amaya and Audrey Loo.

The Union of Maine Visual Artists is proud to produce the Maine Arts Journal, with generous contributions from the Rabkin Foundation and other donors. The MAJ helps us promote and advocate for the visual arts, artists, and all arts supporters. Learn more and become a UMVA member here. The MAJ is dependent on UMVA membership dues.

 

Maine Arts Journal Fall 2023 cover (Rosamond Purcell’s studio, Somerville, MA, with a detail of Wall, mixed-media installation, photo: Véronique Plesch, May 2018).

UMVA Is on the Move — David Estey

UMVA Is on the Move — David Estey

The UMVA Board of Directors held a second management retreat on 28 October at the Caldbeck Gallery in Rockland for an aggressive, day-long discussion of a detailed strategic plan for 2024. With forward momentum, the board approved: Belfast painter David Estey as...

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David Estey – How to Show Your Work

David Estey – How to Show Your Work

This is the first installment of a four-part series on how to exhibit, prepare and promote your work, plus how to think about curators judging it. I have drawn on lectures, workshops, research, gallery owners and nearly thirty years of twenty-four solo exhibits and...

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Véronique Plesch – Introduction Fall 2023: Materiality

Véronique Plesch – Introduction Fall 2023: Materiality

For this issue we invited our contributors to reflect upon the many ways in which their work engages with the notion of materiality, considering the different stages of the creative process, starting with their choice of medium and how tools and materials interact,...

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Duncan Hewitt – The Materials

Duncan Hewitt – The Materials

Around 1990, I was at the Hartford Atheneum where there was an iconic Eva Hesse sculpture, a grid consisting of small rubber washers resting on a platform about one foot high and three by three feet. For a moment, I am alone with the work. Then a young person enters...

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Edgar Allen Beem – Playing with Wally Warren

Edgar Allen Beem – Playing with Wally Warren

Art Is Everything, Everywhere, All the Time Back in 2011 when I visited artist Wally Warren at this home, a roadside art attraction in rural Ripley just west of Dexter, the white snow made the brilliant works of art in his yard and festooning his home even brighter....

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Jim Condron

Jim Condron

The jolt experienced when encountering a beautiful and vital object informs my work as an artist. Some things are conduits. Some are agents or surrogates, symbols or codes. I create sculptures from these things, with additions from my libraries of paint, glue,...

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Jacinda J. Martinez

Jacinda J. Martinez

My first step of engagement with most of my material is starting a plant from seed, tending it as it grows and then harvesting the edible parts. The real magic happens with what is left in the field or garden. This medium greatly impacts my work because it is never...

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Jocelyn Lee – My Husband’s Garden

Jocelyn Lee – My Husband’s Garden

Jocelyn Lee’s images are borne of nature. To walk into a room lit with her work is to look out at the universe itself—planets and moons, bright galaxies, nebulae, dark matter—all of it expanding, so much to examine that we are no mere onlookers but nineteenth-century...

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Véronique Plesch  – Art Matter

Véronique Plesch – Art Matter

When referring to arts and crafts, the Greeks spoke of τέχνη‎, the word that has given us “technology,” while for the creative act itself, they used the verb ποιέω, “to make” (the root for “poetry”). Taken together, these two words remind us that although art might...

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Stuart Kestenbaum – Naming It

Stuart Kestenbaum – Naming It

When I was the director of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, it was thrilling to see makers at work in the studios. Their love of the materials of craft—clay, metal, fiber, glass, wood, paper—was palpable. Each studio building had its own spirit of research and...

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David Schwartzkopf – Poetry

David Schwartzkopf – Poetry

David Schwartzkopf’s vivid, beautifully seen poem reminds us that it is through the material that we can approach the spiritual and can acknowledge our shared mortality with every other creature. In this poem, we see the sacred through the material body of the bird,...

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Maryam Emami – Materiality’s Magic

Maryam Emami – Materiality’s Magic

Illuminating Student Work and Enriching Learning Experiences   Materiality plays a key role in amplifying the impact of student work and creating a more engaging and rewarding learning experience. A passive approach to memorizing facts and reciting them out of...

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UMVA: Artists Helping Artists – David Estey

UMVA: Artists Helping Artists – David Estey

The Union of Maine Visual Artists continues its forward thrust with a new emphasis on "Artists Helping Artists,” a focus on what Maine artists have said they want and need. A small group of UMVA Board Directors volunteered to meet in September to work through my...

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UMVA Portland Chapter Report – Fall 2023

UMVA Portland Chapter Report – Fall 2023

Alight on the Rocky Shores opens in October at UMVA Gallery, Portland Three artists, Judith Greene-Janse, Joanne Tarlin, and Ann Tracy, who relocated to coastal towns in Maine, exhibit paintings and mixed-media artwork in Alight on the Rocky Shores: This Is Not an...

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UMVA Midcoast Chapter Report – Fall 2023

UMVA Midcoast Chapter Report – Fall 2023

UMVA Midcoast Holds Invitational Exhibit in November 4 by 6, four pieces of artwork by six artists, is the name of the show that UMVA member Janelle Delicata is organizing featuring invited artists Deb Vendetti, Kelly Desrosiers, Elisabeth Goodridge, Jane Gilbert,...

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ARRT! Update Fall 2023

ARRT! Update Fall 2023

  ARRT! (The Artists’ Rapid Response Team!) works with progressive groups and organizations throughout Maine, providing images that can help to distill and clarify their important messages about issues that matter to people in Maine and the world beyond our...

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LumenARRT! Update Fall 2023

LumenARRT! Update Fall 2023

LumenARRT! is a project of the Artists’ Rapid Response Team (ARRT!). We work through the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA), a members’ organization that advocates for artists and furthers the work of progressive non-profits in the state of Maine. Our video...

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Maine Masters Update: Saint Carlo – Jeffrey Carson

Maine Masters Update: Saint Carlo – Jeffrey Carson

I've been living in the Greek island of Paros for half a century. Many of my friends are artists from Europe and America who spend three to five months here every year. Like me, they are mostly older now and mostly retired, and so do not need to reside and be always...

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Lights Out Gallery – Reed McLean

Lights Out Gallery – Reed McLean

The door is about to open and we are ready, in our element, poised for the reveal. A brief pause and an inhale—I imagine the skeptical faces of my neighbors. This is what I have for you; will you have it? Then life arrives. The overflowing throng of every generation...

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