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Friday, July 31, 2009

This Week's Featured Art Work - Jon Mehlferber - August 2, 2009

You must see Jon Mehlferber's houses. He has lots of them, about 75 actually, in the Dwellings exhibition. Take a look. Take a good long look. They are enjoyable and really quite amazing in concept.

The shape of the small house, like that found in Houses on Stilts and Soul Houses, is familiar to most everyone. It is a shape as traditional and recognizable as a candy cane, a heart, or a wedding band. For this exhibition, Mehlferber made his houses out of wood and concrete. His wooden houses, those in Houses on Stilts, sit atop stilts and thereby attain a wonderful stature and sense of reach. The stilts add space and movement, thus for split seconds at a time, the houses seem almost to stretch, swagger, and shuffle. But before you even notice, they pop back into their appropriate places. There is also a beautiful rhythm in the way these houses are arranged, though you may have to spend a bit of time with the image of the piece to really see the arrangement. In Soul Houses, the houses are arranged very neatly in a 5x5 grid. These houses, made of concrete, do not move. They rest directly on the ground, being still and heavy.



Houses on Stilts, Wood House, and Soul Houses

Then there is Wood House. Tall, open, airy, full of light, beautifully proportioned, symmetrical, welcoming. All qualities of a desirable dwelling. The piece perhaps stands as a symbol of dwelling.


Houses on Stilts, Wood House, and Soul Houses are three-dimensional works of art. Houses on Stilts is 60" x 60" x 21" and is available from Still Point Art Gallery for $1250. Wood House is 24" x 24" x 20" and is available for $1000. Soul Houses is 60" x 60" x 6" and is available for $1250. Contact Christine Cote by email or by phone 207.837.5760.

Christine Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
August 2, 2009

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

This Week's Featured Art Work - Kate Cusick - July 26, 2009


Kate Cusick's Sumac Street, in Still Point Art Gallery's Dwellings exhibition, is a slice of suburbia, Practically Anywhere, USA. Looking like the street on which I grew up in the 1960s and '70s, the houses have attached garages, manicured lawns, straight sidewalks, and uninteresting shrubbery. There are no people. There seems to be no life, except for the green grass and a few green shrubs. The piece is somehow mesmerizing with its various shades of green, clean lines, and use of perspective. Spend time with this piece and you see that it is at once calming and disconcerting, inviting and off-putting, simple and complex. There is so much more here than meets the eye. This is one of my favorite pieces in the show.



Sumac Street is a digital art print, 17" by 10", available from Still Point Art Gallery for $300. Contact Christine Cote by email or by phone 207.837.5760. Kate currently has three additional pieces in the Gallery - Memorial Drive, Near Parker High, and Pontiac Early April.

Christine Cote
Still Point Art Gallery
July 26, 2009

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