Looking for your next gallery tour? Visit Flahaven's exhibition, Repartee, at Cove Street Arts (71 Cove St., Portland, ME).
The exhibition pairs Jim Flahaven’s vivid abstract paintings with Amy Wilton’s playful, found object sculptures. Many of Flahaven’s paintings are marked by colorful recurring geometric forms.
Jim Flahaven, Kid's Menu, acrylic on canvas, 36” x 24”
I suppose one can find in this work a metaphor for the condition of modern life, with its accelerated pace and constant change, and the notion of competing ideas and ideologies grinding against one another. That sense of transition or awkwardness is what I try to distill in my work. I deliberately make paintings that have no reference to the world around us.
Putting Jim and Amy’s work in conversation gives the exhibition the essence of an “electric Kool Aid cocktail party.” With each artwork existing as a partygoer whose linguistic ability is confined to the wording of its title or the text sprawled directly onto its surface.
Repartee is on view at Cove Street Arts until March 26, Tuesday through Saturday (10-5pm).