“The Art of Assemblage: Myth, Mystery and Spirituality,” is on view at the University of Maine Augusta through Wednesday, March 8. Shown is “Supper” by Sally Wagley. Submitted photo

AUGUSTA — “The Art of Assemblage: Myth, Mystery and Spirituality,” organized by artist and University of Maine Augusta Professor of Art Robert Katz, is on view through Wednesday, March 8.

The exhibition will include three public events: a gallery talk at noon Tuesday, Jan. 24, an opening reception from 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29, and a Zoom panel discussion 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22.

UMA is located at 46 University Drive.

The exhibit centers upon the artistic practice of assemblage — artworks made of found objects — and questions of spirituality. It includes the work of four contemporary Maine artists: Abbie Read, David Matson, Sally Wagley and Katz. The artists employ diverse approaches to assemblage, and represent different spiritual traditions, according to a news release from Brent Wooten at the university.

The show includes artists whose use of assemblage turns the bricolage of found and re-contextualized objects toward spiritual considerations.

Katz explained the show’s impetus: “I received a fellowship and was working with found objects that had been accumulating in my studio. As I began working in assemblage, I was interested in discussions I was having with people working and using similar materials as me.”


“Departing in the Helpless Anguish of our Fate, (The Splitting of the Red Sea),” Robert Katz. Submitted photo

Katz conceived of The Art of Assemblage as a public continuation of those conversations among artists. The exhibitions even include approximations of artists’ assemblage studios, bringing viewers into the creative process that reimagines miscellaneous things to create a new synthesis of objects, concepts and spiritual connection.

“Heavenly Dispensation Bagatelle” by David Matson. Submitted photo

The exhibit is on view in the UMA Charles Danforth Gallery, located in Jewett Hall, and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information and a Zoom link, visit danforth.uma.edu.

“Library” by Abbie Read. Submitted photo






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