April 12, 2011

Art Review: Great ideas well executed for 'One World' exhibit


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Collaborations by Jessyca Broekman and Fatma.

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Collaborations by Kaiza Khamis Mohammad and Sandra Quinn.

Photo by Rebecca Rouda

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WHEN: Through May 28

WHERE: Lewis Gallery, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square

HOURS: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; until 8 p.m. for First Friday Art Walk


INFO: 871-1700; peregrinepress.com/zanzibar2.html

One artist told me it took her two weeks of anxious consideration before she began to work on the print from her Zanzibari counterpart. Many of the artists thought long and hard before working on the prints they received, and it shows.

Other particularly noteworthy works include Kaiza Khamis Mohammad's and Sandra Quinn's elegant effort, in which Quinn cropped the figurative print and worked over it with an encaustic monotype; and Jessyca Broekman's and Fatma's piece, in which Fatma put forms like red checkered tablecloths in the corners and a centered bouquet over a minimal print of lightly-etched swooping lines over a parchment ground.

This installation is the most handsome I have seen in the library's Lewis Gallery. In addition to the framed prints on the wall and the paintings, there are gorgeous Zanzibari kanga cloths hung on the huge wall above the gallery, documentary photographs and vitrines with some of the more sculptural works and even prints attached to each other to form star-shaped standing displays. The overall feel is sumptuous and sophisticated.

This is simply one of the most interesting shows I have seen in a long time -- and the work stands up to the great efforts, intentions and ideas that made it happen in the first place.

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



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Collaborations by Fatma and Alice Spencer.

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Collaborations by Steve Burt and Jamila Mzee.


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