Saturday, October 21, 4-7 PM
"listen," timed improvisations by Titus Abbott - reeds with Scot Kiefner - bass and Peter Herman - guitar
Sunday, October 29, 4-6:30 PM
that third thing forum
Part I. Gallery Artists: in conversation
Part II. Michael Sarin, solo performance set
November 3, 5-8 PM
Globe-trotting, Maine-bred drummer RJ Miller (Bill McHenry, Luke Temple, Jorge Rossy) leads Jesus Cactus, an electronic, psych, and jazz-infused trio with Portland stalwart multi-instrumentalists Dave Noyes (Via/Mire, Royal Hammer, Rustic Overtones) and Pat Corrigan (Seekonk, Plains, Robert Stillman).
“That third thing” is a month-long project which convenes performing and visual artists who have chosen to work within abstract strategies. The gallery installation will juxtapose materially-based work of nine contemporary visual artists curated by Bridget Spaeth and an improvisational music program developed and produced by Titus Abbott.
Within abstract syntax are the roots of our humanity; objectively neutral as a system, yet (as with this gathering) every artist and performer brings their own intent to bear. It is the curator’s intent to create the opportunity for reflection, experience, and the benefits of the peripheral and scanning gaze, while the creative collaboration and spontaneous composition of the musicians unfolds.
In truth, “that third thing” refers to no “thing” at all, but to a quality of relationship established by the individual artists within their own bodies of work. As the musicians establish a base for improvisation and collaboration in time, their work performs a similar craft. As audience, our experience becomes yet another refrain of this “third thing”: object, subject and the event of our perceptions.
Experimental in nature, this project stems from a curiosity about unexpected experience and/or connections between these abstract forms, which share their roots and resonance within the mind.
Saturday, September 16th, 5-8 PM
Discuss The "Art" Of Recycling & The Importance of Composting
With Katarina Venhuizen, Ecomaine Environmental Educator
Friday, September 29th, 6-8 PM
Sunday, October 1st, 2-4 PM
Artist talk with Adriane Herman
Friday, October 13th, 6 PM
Emotional Value Auction/Closing Reception
Saturday, October 14th, 12-5 PM
SPEEDWELL projects proudly presents Out of Sorts, an exhibition orchestrated by experience broker, Adriane Herman, which explores cycles of accumulation
and release in our physical and emotional landscapes. Opening September 16th with a reception from 5-8 pm, the show invites visitors to consider individual and collective consumption as manifest in five mini-bales of recyclable materials that non-profit solid waste manager, ecomaine compressed and loaned for the exhibition. Also on view are photographs Herman took of our trash being incinerated and our recycling being sorted both mechanically and by hand.
Herman is pressing pause on the recycling process to allow visitors to contemplate their own patterns of consumption, as well as the various conduits for release available to us, and the personal, cultural and global implications of material excess and disposability. To facilitate such reflections, Out of Sorts includes benches fabricated from salvaged wood by Benjamin Spalding and upholstered by Amy Emmons with fabric printed with Herman’s photographs of bales of recycling and municipal woodpiles. Visitors can sit on the plushly cushioned benches and register the visual, visceral, and psychological impact of what she calls “simultaneously minimalist and maximalist monuments to communal efforts to keep things out of the landfill.” Materially manifest in the strata of these intimate yet anonymous commodities is evidence of how we eat, drink, work, play, and clean, and how much attention we pay to discarding things responsibly.
In addition to a First Friday reception October 6th from 4 to 8pm, ecomaine’s Environmental Educator, Katrina Venhuizen, will discuss the “art” of recycling and the importance of composting food waste on Friday, September 29th from 6-8 pm. Additional events include two “witnessed releases” Herman is choreographing, including Surrender Sunday, when anyone looking to let go of something weighing them down can consult one-on-one with a compassionate listener/receiver on Sunday, October 1st from 12-2 pm. Herman will give an artist talk Friday, October 13th at 6 pm. Out of Sorts ends with an Emotional Value Auction on Saturday, October 14th from 12-5 pm. Anyone interested in releasing an object they desire to pass on to someone who will value it and know its history can inquire about participation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. “Bids” will take the form of written statements of interest in an item. At the end of the “auction,” each item’s owner may choose a winner. Everyone is welcome to witness these meaningful exchanges between strangers. All events take place at 630 Forest Avenue.
Herman has exhibited widely and lectured at over fifty institutions. Her work is in collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. She is a Professor of the MFA in Visual Art at Maine College of Art, and holds a BA from Smith College and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Out of Sorts, a subsidiary of Herman’s projects Goods Riddance, and The Freeing Throwers, was facilitated by ecomaine, Hour Exchange Portland, The KISMET Foundation, and Yarmouth Public Works.
"The work here represents seven years of exploration and the development of a new visual vocabulary... a change from the small, hand-held paper work I made for many years. I'm interested in seeing what happens when I apply a process that has mostly been done on paper, like woodcut or letterpress printing, to fabric; or the inverse, working traditional embroidery stitches into paper. This cross-pollination is invigorating and challenging, as are the odd, discarded materials I find to use. My dress forms, garments, and accessories are stand-ins for ideas about the passage of time, loss, identity, and mortality--some of what it means to be human."
Crystal Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. Her work explores ideas of identity, time, and loss, and draws on various traditional skills like embroidery and letterpress printing.
AMERICAN BEAUTY- The Exhibition, January 21 - Febuary 17, 2017
AMERICAN BEAUTY--The Other Inaugural Ball, January 21 from 12-5 PM
This exhibition is a collective response to the unique and challenging time in our world's history that we face together. Together we seek to build bridges, not walls. The goal of the event American Beauty is to provide opportunities for artists to collaborate on social issues, including sustainability, equity, and inclusivity. In this way, we develop nimble, flexible, forward-thinking, optimistic, and innovative solutions to today's challenges.
Our goal in this exhibition is to underscore the humanitarian values we believe in: embracing diversity, overcoming racial and ethnic exclusion in America, offering safe haven to immigrants in need, practicing tolerance and respect toward those with different sexual orientations or gender identities, supporting women's rights, and making progress on protecting the environment.
- Interactive theater workshop using first person immigrant stories with The Angle Project from NYC at 12 PM on Saturday, January 21, SPEEDWELL Projects, 630 Forest Ave.
- Open mic and poetry slam at SPEEDWELL Projects at 630 Forest Ave at 2 PM.
- Poetry reading and the recitation of Other Inaugural Poems by nationally recognized poets and writers from 3-5 PM at SPEEDWELL Projects at 630 Forest Ave.
- Exhibition by visual artists at Zero Station and SPEEDWELL Projects at 1 North Street, 630 Forest Ave all day January 21.
- Evening Arts Ball with keynote address by Fatuma Hussein of The Somali Women’s Organization at 7 PM at the Maine Mechanics Hall, 519 Congress Street.
- Performances by Hi Tiger, Sudo Girls and the Theater Ensemble of Color at 8 PM.
- Dancing with DJ’s Innox and 32French into the wee hours!
Find more information at www.weareamericanbeauty.org
A candle lit dinner and fundraiser.
Max Miller is a lifelong painter. He holds a BFA from RISD and an MFA from Yale. He is a Guggenheim Fellow as well as the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant and a Pollack Krasner grant, among others. His work can be found in many collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He lives and works in New York City.
Good Night focuses on the relationships between human beings, their dwellings and their earth-bound perspective, and the night sky or cosmos beyond.
In addition to GOOD NIGHT SPEEDWELL projects also launched a candlelit dinner and fundraiser to help produce Max Miller's limited edition book of watercolors called FINAL MOURNERS KADDISH-333 DAYS IN PAINTING.
Opening reception with performance by Lawrence Kovacks on organ.
Wolcott Dodge's painting and collages, as well as his found objects, merge an interest in modernist painting and assemblage, with a fascination for obsessive collecting and recycling. This exhibition reveals Dodge's democratic love for all materials, texture and pattern. A true romantic and collector, his work hearkens back to the collections of 19th century cabinets of curiosity, and his re-contexualized objects resonate with a sense of nostalgia for a past once lived, and a value long forgotten.