Thursday, April 17, 2014
From staff reports
The University of Maine Museum of Art, located at 40 Harlow St. in downtown Bangor, is showing three new exhibitions through March 22 featuring more than 60 prints from the museum’s permanent collection, along with work from New York City-based artist Hannah Cole and Maine artist Kenny Cole.
From Kenny Cole’s installation “Parabellum.”
“Perils of the Sea” by Winslow Homer.
Hannah Cole’s exhibit, “Time’s Wife,” provides insight into her creative impetus and approach to painting. She typically scours her environment for subjects such as a defaced manhole cover or metal doors with paint marks and tape residue, and paints pieces of urban existence. In doing so, Cole gives these objects new meaning.
Maine-based artist Kenny Cole created an immersive and interactive installation called “Parabellum.” He describes it as “a culture-jamming, docu-fiction, artivism work of art, which re-writes the past in order to guide us into the future.” Cole’s work takes on the persona of fictional “Bains Revere,” an American Civil War veteran and outsider artist. The installation reflects Revere’s innate pacifism and life-long shifting relationship with Hiram Maxim, a Maine native and inventor of the automatic machine gun.
“From Piranesi to Picasso” features more than 60 prints from the Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The selected works date from the 18th century to the late 1980s. Artists include Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Winslow Homer’s, John Marin and Edward Hopper.
The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Admission is free in 2014, sponsored by Penobscot Financial Advisors.
For more information, go to umma.umaine.edu.