UMF Art Gallery celebrates senior art exhibit

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FARMINGTON — University of Maine at Farmington presents “In:decision,” an exhibit of dynamic and intriguing new works by students graduating from the Department of Sound, Performance and Visual Inquiry in 2010. The exhibit will run from Thursday, April 8, to Sunday, May 16, at the UMF Art Gallery. It will open with an artist presentation at 4 p.m., followed by a reception from 5 to 7 p.m., on Thursday, April 8. The exhibit is free and open to the public

This exhibit features the works of UMF seniors Emily Baer, Markeith Chavous, Josh Demello, Robbie Kanner, Andrew Thompson and Joanna Wilbur. These works investigate the complex processes of aesthetic decision-making from the perspective of young artists preparing to enter the discourses of the larger world. Both collectively and singularly, these pieces explore the ways in which world views are elaborated and communities built. They embody an evolving understanding of how we, as artists, function both as consumers of objects and as objects consumed.

Ranging from installation and video to interactive political pieces, sound art and kinetic sculpture, these works function as nuanced physical manifestations of the decision making process itself. They ask us to consider the functions of formalism, identity and social necessity in the making of each decision. Such questions are expansive and complicated; the resulting decisions are no less so. However, each artist approaches the state of being constantly in the midst of “In:decision” with eagerness and generosity — a state of mind that results in a decidedly hopeful approach to understanding our world, and the ways in which we might choose to function within it.

The UMF Gallery is located at 246 Main St. It is open from noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, during the UMF academic year and by appointment. For more information, or to make special arrangements, please call 207-778-7002, or email Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at elizabeth.olbert@maine.edu.

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