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SEPT 28 // DRAWING I OPENS

Please join Engine for the opening of Drawing I: The Everyday, part one of a two-part exhibition curated by Deborah Whitney, curator/gallerist formerly of Whitney Art Works in Portland, Maine, on Friday, September 28, from 5-8pm during the season-finale Biddeford+Saco ArtWalk. The exhibition will run through October 20, 2018 and will be followed by Drawing II: The Other Day, which will open on October 26, from 5-7pm and show through November 24. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 1pm-6pm and Saturdays 11am-2pm.

The two shows together will investigate the range that drawing can be…the materials, the presentation, the complexity and the simplicity.  In The Everyday, Judith Allen-Efstathiou has made a banner of lace drawn out of the binary holes of computer paper, in The Other Day Ling-Wen Tsai has made a series of panels which communicate words hand drawn from binary code in sumi ink. It is these juxtapositions which help to illustrate the kinds of ideas that drawing may incorporate.

Drawing I: The Every Day will feature works by Terrance Brett, Sabrina Small, Brian Lynch, Paul Ridyard, Alex Sax, Nicola Saunderson, Tanja Kunz, Melinda Barnes, Judith Allen-Efstathiou, and Deborah Whitney. Curator Deborah Whitney explains, “The Everyday is a collection of works, some made with traditional materials and some not, with subject matter and concepts that are familiar to us, perhaps even surround us, yet are presented in a more compelling way.  Thinking about this notion of the everyday, I am incorporating that familiarity with the elements which drawing may convey–beauty, functionality, irony–with an emphasis on economy and simplicity.”

Drawing II: The Other Day will feature works by Terrence Brett, Clint Fulkerson, Deborah Randall, Ling-Wen Tsai, Bridget Spaeth, Noriko Sakanishi, Avy Claire, Kate Beck, and Grace DeGennaro. “The Other Day, will be a collection of works that are more about abstract concepts – less recognizable imagery with an emphasis on pattern and color. I am thinking about it as music – with big and small notes…a sort of different view of life.  Terrance Brett is working on a conceptual piece in which he is responding to a piece of music that he heard years ago and which stayed with him. Please excuse the pun, but, I am riffing on that idea of the connection of our visual and aural senses. I have always envisioned the installation of artwork in a space as music, and this is the first time that I have endeavored to intentionally construct a show around this notion of vision and sound,” says Whitney.

Artist Terrence Brett says, “It now raises a new set of dialogues where we are asked to question our own understanding and our relationships with familiar everyday objects. There is an accepted ignorance around the everyday object, we never question their existence, their uses and the part they play in our everyday lives. To fully appreciate and perhaps to understand their relevance we need to step back and view the object while suspending all our preconceived concepts of what they mean to us.”

For more information: Tammy Ackerman, director@feedtheengine.org, 207-229-3560

 

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