ON VIEW: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 30, 2019
OPENING: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 5-7PM
The Harlow presents a solo exhibition of mixed media artworks by Andre Benoit of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. His solo show of multidimensional works is on view October 25-November 30, 2019 at 100 Water Street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend and meet the artist at an opening reception on Friday, October 25, 5-7pm.
Andre talks about his work, inspiration, and process: “My intent as an abstract assemblist sculptor is to represent the human form and iconic motifs with repurposed wooden remnants. The origin of the components of my constructs is from a myriad of sources and environments, where the workmanship of hand or machine and exposure to the out of doors or ocean has created contours and patina respectively that catch the eye and entertain and maintain the interest of the viewer, as often do the stories of acquisition of requisite wooden materials. Since the expansion of representation from plein air oil painting over 35 years to wooden assemblage sculpture, what now captures my attention and involvement in creativeness, is not a fore, mid or background but rather a single piece of wood.
This nidus has generally sat in a repository in my house, studio or dooryard and after being subliminally assessed, rather then studied, after passing it from at least 2 directions, the gained perspectives establishes its keystone purpose. This may become apparent after days to years. Other pieces required to formulate an image seem to fall into place intuitively more rapidly. Remembering where these enabling pieces all lie in my regrettably expansive indoor and out of doors staging areas, challenges memory and consumes time.
My use of pigment is sparing in degree to prevent its domination of the overall impression and not to obscure the beauty of the surface of the wood. I embrace the concept of Wabi Sabi with the intentional use of asymmetry and what a somewhat unfinished appearance to capture the spontaneity and enhance the overall impression of my work.
An art minor at the University of New Hampshire, class of 74, and an understudy of John Laurent and Hatch, my growth as a plein air painter over a 35 year career in medicine was through sustained involvement with experimentation with approach, materials and the study of other artists work, notably Tom Thomson, James Fitzgerald, Edward Hopper, Rockwell Kent and Mardsen Hartley.
I am very familiar with the work of Louise Nevelson and Bernard Langlais but feel there has been a departure from their respective approaches to assemblage with my current concentration in this form of sculpture and ongoing evolution in manner of representation.”
Read more at andrebenoit-art.com
Andre Benoit’s Solo Show is on view in the downstairs gallery in tandem with Art and The Land, a juried group show celebrating the Kennebec Land Trusts 30th Anniversary on view in the upstairs gallery. Both shows are on view October 25-November 30, 2019.
The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm.
The Harlow is supported by the City of Hallowell, Dirigo Capital Advisors, Kennebec Savings Bank, the Roxanne Quimby Foundation and by our members. 2019 Season Sponsors are Camden National Bank, Capitol Dental Care, Chris Walters Productions, Great Gatherings, Eaton Peabody Attorneys at Law and Scrummy Afters Candy Shoppe. Programming is funded in part by the Maine Community Foundation, the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and by a Partnership Grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.