If you are looking for an exhibition, well, I know one. The name of this display is “Tree Lined Street” by Gary Kachadourian. This scene will be displayed at SPACE Gallery until Sept. 4.

When I walked into the gallery, I was at a loss for words. This was no poster that you would buy for $5 at a school book fair, no. This was a masterpiece. The intricate pencil strokes made the art fly off the page. Even though no action is happening in this drawing, the realistic elements bring it to life. This cityscape is not a normal cityscape. Cityscapes are usually bustling with people, lights and cars. This work of art shows a calm city. The way the art lacks action creates many ways to interpret the piece. It made me look back at this city and wonder, what is going on? Why is this Baltimore empty? What doesn’t seem right? What is this Baltimore’s story?

A life-sized Volvo is parked in front of a brick wall to the right of the scene. To the left, there is a pile of trash bags, a leafy tree, and some metal barriers carefully drawn with pencil. Since the objects in the drawing are life-sized, the scene is easier to relate to. All of my five senses were there in Baltimore. I was astonished at all the work that was put into this exhibition, because it must have taken a while to complete this drawing.

One criticism that came to my mind is that the piece is stapled to the wall, and it will be ripped down when the exhibition is done. The piece will be recycled, which feels wasteful and disrespectful of the art. I personally think the art should be handled with more care, but SPACE Gallery was only following Kachadourian’s installation instructions.

Regardless, “Tree Lined Street” was a thought-provoking exhibition that is worth a visit.

Darby Kline, 11, is from Cape Elizabeth.

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