FARMINGTON – The “Here to There” exhibit at the University of Maine at Farmington Art Gallery features two separate yet subtly interconnected displays by Philadelphia artists Dana Hanmer and Travis Hanmer.

Both artists are known for creating intelligently crafted objects that invite the viewer to consider the contradictions underlying contemporary consumerist culture.

The gallery will host an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, and an artist’s talk at 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 6. Both events are free and open to the public.

The exhibit will be up through March 8.

With a piece called “Complex,” Dana Hanmer uses disposable materials to construct fairy tale landscapes. Bubble gum, artificial snow and fast food wrappers are transformed into metaphorical dwellings. The natural deterioration of these materials over time requires constant replacement and repair, suggesting a sense of history and transformation that mirrors a society in flux.

Travis Hanmer’s “iGEAR” series is an ongoing multimedia project in which he explores the notion of isolation as a social event. Masquerading as a consumer product, his “iGEAR Personal Isolation Equipment” combines the contemporary consumer culture’s need for personal expression with the Modernist concept of isolation. Fashion, graphic design and sport are used to explore how social isolation has become commercialized.

Dana Hanmer has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University and a master of fine arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She works in sculpture and video and has taught at Moore College of Art and Design and the Fairmont Center in Philadelphia. Travis Hanmer also has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. He has exhibited throughout the country.

The UMF Art Gallery, located on campus at 246 Main St., is open weekly from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.


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