The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art Presents
You Never Know How You Look Through Other People’s Eyes

  • On view from March 8–April 21, 2018
  • Exhibition Reception: Thursday, March 8, 2018, 5:00–7:00pm

Portland, Maine — The ICA at MECA announces the opening of You Never Know How You Look Through Other People’s Eyes on Thursday, March 8th, 5–7pm. Meet ICA Guest Curator Scott Patrick Wiener, and participating artists from the exhibition.

“Cinnamon and sugary and softly spoken lies, you never know just how you look through other people’s eyes.”— Gibby Haynes, 1996

Caleb Charland, Cube with Phosphorescent Particles, 2015, Pigmented ink print
, 40×32 inches

Courtesy of the Artist

Deceptively playful, the Butthole Surfers’ lyrics above make clear the impossibility of having first-hand knowledge of the self by boldly stating that you can never fully know who you are to someone else. The artists here allow their works to exist sympathetically and in spite of each other for an exhibition that proposes a state of coexistence at odds with itself. This experimental framework establishes a complex network that confirms and denies the possibility of true egalitarianism in favor of an antagonistic equilibrium.

Artists include: Sonia Almeida, Paul S. Briggs, Caleb Charland, Sean Downey, Sean Fader, N. Sean Glover, Jaclyn Jacunski, AJ Liberto, Lilly McElroy, Eric Petitti, Scott Patrick Wiener.

For more information or to request an interview, please contact MECA’s Director of Exhibitions and Special Projects, Erin Hutton, at 207.699.5025 or ehutton@meca.edu.


The Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art features innovative exhibitions and public programs that showcase new perspectives and trends in contemporary art. Located in stunning galleries in our landmark Porteous Building, the ICA at MECA presents cutting edge work by local, national, and international artists.

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