On Thursday, June 20th, 2019 from 5 – 7 pm Carver Hill Gallery will feature 2019 work and never-before-seen archived work from 2011-2015 by America Martin. The gallery will also feature Maine artists Philip Frey and Jon Byrer. Show runs through July 20th.
America Martin’s work, past and present, is a welcome assault on our senses, and with each new piece she seems determined to raise the stakes, blitzkrieging any assumptions we might impose or any containment we might devise. Not one who glares or gloats or rails…her greatest tool is reflection, and through intense observation she finds enrichment in the common, fulfillment in the flawed and joy in complexity – all of which is transmuted onto canvas and paper where it lives in human figure and form.
Art critic Stacy Davies
Most noteworthy in Philip Frey’s work is his brilliance as a colorist. Frey’s representation of natural light evokes a freshness and optimism, as if we were being called outside to soak up the sun and the green grass. Frey has a remarkable ability to simplify complex environments into dynamic planes of color. And, his steadfast devotion to perceptual painting – to what lies before him in the here and now – has yielded an abundance of honest and beautiful paintings.
George Kinghorn, Executive Director and Curator University of Maine Museum of Art
Envisioning a moment to make – pushing perception, seeing a feeling. Feeling a vision.
I attended Maine College of art and majored in photography. Photography’s magic is in its ability to freeze a moment. In painting, there is a draw to find those moments, and something unexpected happens. Like in life, when a small unexpected moment frames a feeling to make a memory – a chance encounter that creates the path that becomes your life. Serendipity. I wondered if I could make a painting that was all serendipity. A painting of liquid moments of swirling fluid paint. I’m Jon Byrer, and these are my moments.