November 10, 2013

Art Review: Luc Demers’ show at Rose Contemporary

The “Moonlit” photography show is one not to be missed.

By Daniel Kany

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“Moonlit #8”

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“Moonlit #4”

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WHERE: Rose Contemporary, 492 Congress St., Portland

WHEN: Through Dec. 21

HOURS: Noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday and by appointment

INFO: 780-0700;

And because these are photographs, they are more compelling than similar-appearing paintings; they take wing using things we actually see rather than interior vision.

The artist who best explores these issues of vision is Alex Katz. The Colby College Museum of Art’s giant canvas “East” comprises 20 feet of black space only punctuated by dark blue sky seen through the trees in the upper right. While this achieves an almost complete dematerialization of the viewer’s body (presumably in the nighttime forest), Katz’s “Fog” (a woodcut on the scale of Demers’ photos) orients the body to architecture by three lighted rectangular windows (remember Demers’ piece at CMCA) seen from without under a hint of sky held to the upper edge of the image by the solid silhouette of the Maine woods.

Demers and Katz both encounter the edge were vision is either removed from the viewer’s body or attaches sight to the viewer’s body. But Demers’ forays into this subject are both more elegant and more successful (but let’s not forget that Katz blazed this brilliant path).

There have been a number of excellent photography shows in Maine this year (most notably the exhibitions associated with the Maine Media Workshops + College), and “Moonlit” is absolutely one of the best.

Freelance writer Daniel Kany is an art historian who lives in Cumberland. He can be contacted at:

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“Moonlit #15”


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