Curious Nature: 2018 Alumni Triennial

On view from August 3 – September 15, 2018
Exhibition Opening: Friday, August 3, 2018, 5:00–8:00pm
Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art
ICA Gallery hours: Wed–Sun, 11:00am–5:00pm, Thurs, 11:00am–7:00pm, Friday, 11:00am–5:00pm, (FFAW until 8:00pm)

Curious Nature brings together a diverse group of artists who draw inspiration from the natural world. Employing various mediums, from painting to sculpture, photography, and installation, their works are rooted in the act of looking closer.

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness. – John Muir

“These artists explore our relationship with the natural world through investigating the structure of reality, daily rhythms, beauty, texture, and emergent patterns. Focusing their attention on places and processes that are often overlooked, they illuminate the various forces affecting ecosystems and the environment that surrounds us. Their perspectives range from the micro and macro, revealing new views of familiar terrain. In an attempt to capture that which is in a state of constant transformation, they record their surroundings, yielding works that inspire our own sense of awe, inviting us to both celebrate nature and protect it.” — Guest Curator, Shannon Rankin ’97.

Rankin’s selections include fifteen artists exhibiting diverse works that range from painting, printmaking and photography, to sculpture, ceramics, metalwork and installation. Artists include: Annika Earley MFA ’16, Kristin Fitzpatrick ’13, Danielle Gerber ’12, Alisha Gould MFA ’10, Kayla Goulden ’13, Lenka Konopasek MFA ’01, Mark Marchesi ’99, Tessa Greene O’Brien MFA ’16, Isabelle O’Donnell ’17, Catherine Quattrociocchi ’17, Sam Richardson ’15, Celeste Roberge ’79, Bryan Stryeski ’01, Sarah Camille Wilson ’07 and Charley Young MFA ’14.

Masthead Image: Mark Marchesi, June View; The Lookoff, Nova Scotia 2012