BANGOR – The University of Maine Museum of Art, 40 Harlow St., opens three exhibitions and the latest rotation of the museum’s permanent collection on Friday. The shows are all on view through June 9. They include:
“John Goodman: Moments Abstracted.” Boston-based photographer John Goodman has aimed his lens on provocative subjects and places in Havana, Tuscany, Las Vegas, Nashville, Coney Island and Boston. Goodman exhibits a selection from his book, “The Times Square Gym,” which captures athletes from all walks of life. Another highlight is the “Combat Zone” series, primarily taken in the 1970s and composed of gritty and testosterone-imbued images that capture Boston’s adult-entertainment area. Goodman’s works drift between abstraction and reality.
“Moments Abstracted” surveys Goodman’s career through 40 photographs, mostly black and white, that span from 1969 to 2007.
Goodman is on the faculty of the Art Institute of Boston and also an instructor at the Maine Media Workshops. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Art Institute of Chicago.
“Ruth Marshall: Vanished into Stitches.” Australian-born, Marshall creates life-sized pelts of various animals using colored wool yarn. Rooted in traditional craft techniques, these knitted works also stand within the realm of contemporary art. Marshall was granted access to the mammal collection at the American Museum of Natural History, and spent many hours researching and executing large drawings from the aged specimens. These detailed drawings serve as a source for the artist as she replicates the distinct markings and contours of various tiger and ocelot species.
Marshall resides in New York City. Her works have been exhibited at the Textile Museum in Washington D.C., and at the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
“Jemma Gascoine: Slab Waltz.” Sculptor and ceramic artist Gascoine’s series of wall sculptures challenge the ongoing dialogue regarding hierarchical distinctions between functional pottery and fine art. Gascoine’s process includes the deconstruction of her hand-thrown jars, bowls and vases, during which she bisects the objects and fuses the segments onto slabs of red and white clay. The wall constructions hang alongside a series of pedestal-based vessels, some of which are glazed in scarlet red, black and white.
Gascoine was born in England and moved to the Maine town of Blanchard in 2001. Her works have been exhibited at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Susan Maasch Fine Art, North Light Gallery and Lake Hebron Artisans.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Admission is free.