FARMINGTON — The UMF Art Gallery will kick off the new year with an exhibit of vast sculptural works by Boston artist E.S. Finney. Dramatic in its subject and scale, the exhibition will run from Jan. 20 to Feb. 20, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Active in the Boston arts community, Finney constructs sculptural works that are as imposing and mysterious as they are evocative. His work is built of massive wooden beams, motors, mirrors and found objects of every description. Like the pieces included in this exhibit, his art explores the qualities of weight and weightlessness, darkness and light.

Finney’s “Vehicle Intended for Fluid Movement” is the exhibit’s featured work. A timbered construction of a wooden sailing boat on a grand scale, it occupies both the first and second gallery levels. Also included in the installation is “Cornerstone,” an intriguingly antiquated construction that tracks the passage of the sun.

Finney is one of the founding members of Boston’s Fivesevendelle, an alternative, community-based exhibition space presenting music, performance and visual art.

The UMF Art Gallery is at 246 Main St., immediately behind the school’s admissions office. The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday during the UMF academic year and by appointment. For more information, call 778-7002, or e-mail the gallery director at [email protected]

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