PHOPA CLOSING PERMANENTLY ON SEPTEMBER 1ST, 2018
photographic work from seven Maine artists
Henry Austin | Michael Harris | Dylan Hausthor | Probably Joel | Chanel Lewis | Hans Nielsen | Izabella Provan
August 1 - September 1, 2018
Opening Reception | Thursday, August 2nd, 5-7 pm
Artist Talk | Sunday, August 26th, 2-3 pm at New System Exhibitions, 82 Parris St., Portland, ME
PhoPa Closing Reception| August 23rd, 5pm
Relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process.
occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold.
Liminal showcases projects from seven artists at the start of their careers. Through the medium of photography, these artists look thoughtfully at spaces that are often neglected by mainstream society and find comfort and inspiration on the margins of our everyday experience. The word liminal serves as a double entendre, defining not only the nature of initial exploration in each artist’s work, but also the threshold-like place that these projects hold in the artists’ careers. Liminal celebrates innovative and energetic new work, pays tribute to the growth of the art world in Portland, and delights in the creative inspiration these seven artists have found in Maine.
Project Statement - FAKE FLOWERS
These photographs emulate the paradoxical idea of a fake flower. Flowers (real flowers) are
fleeting in their nature-- some only bloom for two weeks of the year or if they’re cut, and put into
a vase, they wilt and eventually rot. Fake flowers, on the other hand, are in perpetual bloom--
their vibrancy extending beyond our lifetime. My interest in flowers (both real and fake) comes
from their use in memorialization. Grief, joy, and peace of mind all find representation in the
beauty of a flower. But these photographs, like fake flowers, preserve otherwise fleeting
moments of bloom, manifested in fundamentally unnatural colors and forms that nonetheless
appear genuinely organic. They’re testament to my own encounters with beauty in the world and
provide me with the same comfort as a flower.
Project Statement - Bread of Wonder
Bread has social, cultural, and archetypal significance across the world, but it is often overlooked as ordinary. Wonder Bread was originally a symbol of freshness. Over time, it became stale and synonymous with poor nutrition and taste. By my throwing the bread in the air, the subjects experience the wonder again, albeit in a very different context. Ultimately, Bread of Wonder re-examines the ordinary by re-contextualizing it into a comically surreal experience.