March 31, 2013

Poet, artist join at UMMA in 'Place of Mind'

From staff reports

BANGOR - "Place of Mind: The John Bailly-Richard Blanco Collaborative Project" will be featured in an exhibition opening Friday at the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor.

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John Bailly’s “Los Hermanos Islets,” from his collaboration with poet Richard Blanco.

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John Bailly’s “Marco Island,” from his collaboration with poet Richard Blanco.

Courtesy of University of Maine Museum of Art

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The exhibition features the mixed-media art of Bailly, produced in collaboration with Blanco, the poet who read at President Barack Obama's second inauguration. It showcases three large-scale paintings and a selection of works on paper from the "Place of Mind" series, including three owned by the university.

Bailly is a French-American painter and printmaker who teaches at Florida International University in Miami. Blanco is a Cuban-American poet and teacher from Bethel.

The duo produced "Place of Mind" primarily in 2007. Bailly's 25 works on paper and paintings complement Blanco's poems.

"They started this project as a way to explore the creative process in different media -- the visual and literary arts -- and how they inform each other," George Kinghorn, director of the UMaine Museum of Art, said in a press release. "There was a dialogue between them -- a give and take, a call and response."

The exhibit will run through June 8. For more information, go to umma.umaine.edu.

 

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