Looking at Art


I grew up with little exposure to art. It wasn’t until I was working for Delta and taking advantage of layovers to visit art museums that my interest developed. What first stole my heart was Picasso’s The Old Guitarist at the Art Institute of Chicago. Since then I’ve looked at art in a variety of mediums and never cease to be amazed at what inspires creativity.

Take a look, for example, at this exhibit at CMCA in Rockland, Maine.

It is an amazing collaborative installation created by Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen.

In other work they have used paper, but this is done entirely of wood.

What is interesting is how a “path” allows the viewer to become totally immersed in the work. As I followed the path I not only saw the installation from every angle, I felt as though I was moving through it.

Looking at the installation, you may be surprised to learn that it is an interpretation of the Maine landscape prompted by a visit to Winslow Homer’s studio in Prout’s Neck.

Remembering my own visit there and knowing how influenced Homer was by what was outside his window, this installation of graceful wood shapes suddenly made perfect sense. The Maine landscape is both gentle and powerful, rugged and smooth. By using layers of wood the artists captured it beautifully.

Again, I realized that by looking at art one can experience so much of both the real and imagined.

i so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

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4 thoughts on “Looking at Art

  1. entertainingwomen June 9, 2019 — 10:43 pm

    This is superb! Have you ever visited American Base above Lake City, Colorado? They are currently threatened by such severe flooding that it could wipe out the whole town, literally. Check out Hinsdale County, Colorado and look for American Basin. People normally go up there for the carpet of wild flowers that cover the basin in the summer. This summer it’s a different story. The installation brought to my mind another ocean, of sorts. An ocean of fallen aspen trees now covers the basin, scattered heater skelter. Thanks for sharing your find. Cherry Kay

  2. Linda, this is truly amazing. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful week!

  3. Wow, incredible installation – the movement of water in wood.

  4. Amazing! Quite an experience to feel part of the creation and actually walk through it, becoming a part of it!
    Jenna

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