BANGOR – The College of Maine’s Zillman Artwork Museum (ZAM) has opened 5 new galleries.
The museum, at 40 Harlow Avenue, has been a bastion of the Bangor artwork scene because it relocated from the UMaine campus in 2002. The only flooring of the museum has featured each visiting displays and items from the museum’s everlasting assortment, with Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso and Andrew Wyeth taking their flip within the galleries.
In fact, such formidable artworks want elbow room. Following a beneficiant present from Don and Linda Zillman, in addition to assist from native benefactors, the museum has expanded. A newly renovated second flooring opened to the general public on Saturday. “To see this imaginative and prescient realized is a milestone for the museum, one that can contribute to our continued progress as an establishment,” mentioned George Kinghorn, ZAM’s govt director and curator, at Thursday’s ribbon-cutting occasion.
It is a outstanding assortment of artwork. In case you enter on the primary flooring, you’ll start your circuit at Sidney Russell’s exhibition The Large Sew, the place a nine-foot-tall Hawaiian shirt fills the wall. Russell has sewn gargantuan articles of clothes. There’s a boot right here, a backpack there, pants and shirts and outsized lingerie. Every bit has been hand-painted to a bemusing degree of realism—evidently you may put on these garments, if solely you have been sufficiently big. You’re compelled to think about the physique that would fill them. That is alarming, like that you must get the heck out of this garments closet earlier than the large returns.
Photographer Amy Stein’s exhibition, Domesticated, is equally surreal. In a single picture, a coyote howls at a streetlamp. In one other, a black bear’s head is caught in a plastic bag. A wolf stalks towards a baby. A dead-eyed fawn gazes from between seedlings in a greenhouse. These are unusual encounters between an natural world and a man-made one, and they’re alarming. Why is no person snatching the kid away, liberating the bear, placing issues again of their locations? Why is Stein standing round taking photos?
Reply: the animals look dead-eyed as a result of they’re, properly, useless. Stein used taxidermied animals to stage these scenes—the final word domestication. In keeping with Stein, the pictures are based mostly on real-life occasions that occurred between 2005 and 2008 round Matamoras, Pennsylvania. But Stein has recreated the occasions utilizing the preserved corpses of animals. They’re bizarre, stiff objects, and so they pose no risk to the photographer—a metanarrative that turns into essentially the most troubling side of Domesticated.
Manipulation of nature is equally the main focus of Emily Eveleth’s sequence of work Future Possessive. Coming into this exhibition is like coming into a golden-age detective novel. Listed below are darkish figures and white shirtsleeves, obvious lights and deep shadows. Take the large portray Current Crucial, during which a tuxedoed man lies supine beside a world globe, whereas a determine within the foreground wields one other globe like a weapon. Or the portray Possessive Determiner, created particularly for the ZAM exhibition, which figures the globe because the goal in a sport of billiards. There’s a mime lurking within the background. It feels unsafe.
Eveleth shrinks the planet to a dimension that may be held within the hand, groped, abused. And the gloved figures in her work are cavalier of their use of those small worlds. Sure, it might be straightforward to take Future Possessive merely as a bit of environmental commentary—which it undeniably is, and a provocative one—however that will reduce the narrative energy of Eveleth’s work. You areinside a detective novel, and the plot is unclear. Is the reclining man unconscious or useless? Are these folks victims, conspirators, or one thing else? And why, so assist me, is there a mime?
Different exhibitions embody Anne Arnold’s The Soul of It, Shona MacDonald’s tender land, and photographer Roman Franc’s wild Watch The Birdie! The exhibitions Inflorescence and Open Lens featureselections from ZAM’s everlasting assortment.
In your approach out, don’t miss the show beneath the stairway, that includes homegrown expertise: the artists of Bangor Excessive Faculty. Try Haley Metzger’s Midnight Zoomcall, an ink work depicting an assemblage of forest animals. The saucy little chaps are enchanting. That is what the newly expanded Zillman Museum of Artwork is all about: gathering good artwork in Bangor, each from inside and with out.
(The Zillman Artwork Museum is open to the general public from 10 a.m. to five p.m. Tuesday by means of Saturday. For extra details about ZAM and its choices, go to their web site at zam.umaine.edu.)