On Saturday, April 20th from 1-2:30 pm Abbott Meader will share a body of work he has been working on for more than 20 years in which he uses his grandchildren’s drawings as either inspiration or material or both to create new contexts and narratives. According to Meader, “These pieces develop only now and again, but are among my personally most satisfying endeavors, blending actual childhood vision with my adult imagination.” At the talk, Meader will share a selection of original childs’ drawings and some of the artwork that was inspired by them, explaining how one thing led to another and how his processes and approaches developed. Meader will invite the audience to share their own ideas about children, their art making, and anything else that arises.
Meader’s ArtTalk takes place during PLAY, a group exhibition of art in the spirit of play, featuring art inspired by children’s art or childhood and art that is whimsical, fantastical, joyful or humorous, on view April 5-27, 2013 at the Harlow Gallery.
ArtTalks at the Harlow are sponsored by The Bank of Maine, a local Maine business and long-time supporter of the Harlow Gallery. Bank locally! Your $3 suggested donation supports arts programming at the Harlow.
Abbott Meader, born in Brooklyn, N.Y. is the son of Albion, Maine parents and descends from a long line of Yankees. He is, however, a Red Sox fan. He was educated in NYC public schools and is a graduate of Dartmouth College. In 1960 he received an MFA from the University of Colorado, where he studied with Richard Diebenkorn, among others. He is a painter, film maker, fly fisherman, and a professor emeritus of Colby College. He is married to Nancy Meader, the super groovy potter, and they have three children and five grandchildren. Abbott and Nancy live in Oakland, Maine.
“As a kid I drew and drew. Then all my drawings got thrown out while I was away in college. So later my wife and I saved many stacks of our own kids’ drawings. We wanted to look at them really carefully. I wondered if I could find myself in them again? Could I remember my childhood? But I’d grown up – grown old, even. So around 1990 I began a series called “Invention On A Child’s Drawing” in which I used existing drawings to create new contexts and narratives. These pieces develop only now and again, but are among my personally most satisfying endeavors, blending actual childhood vision with my adult imagination.” — Abbott Meader