In April 2008 the Kennebec Valley Art Association presents “Missing Hallowell” an exploration of the city of Hallowell and its people, from two very different artistic approaches. Hallowell photographer Bill Duffy will present a collection of recent photographs, while contemporary artist Mike Dworkin will present a recent and ongoing body of drawings, paintings and conceptual work. Dworkin will be working on site at the Cotton Mill apartments in March, to create work in collaboration with or in response to residents and visitors. Dworkin will be working in residence at the Harlow Gallery on Saturday, April 5th from noon to 6pm and Sunday, April 6th from noon to 4pm. Visitors will be invited to watch the artist work or sit for a portrait, which will become a part of the exhibition.
The public is invited to join the artists at the opening on Friday, April 4th from 5 to 8 pm at the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell. Refreshments will be available. The exhibit will run through 4pm on Thursday, April 24th.
“Missing Hallowell” — Photographs by Bill Duffy
““Missing” has many definitions. In one sense it can mean to overlook, in another it can refer to the feeling of regret for something or someone who’s no longer present. It can also describe the absence or loss of something – as in the expression gone missing. The photos in this exhibit, mostly taken over the last three years, touch on all these meanings. They illustrate many of Hallowell’s overlooked places and inhabitants often missed by the casual observer. These images also document some of institutions or traditions that have gone missing in recent years and some that may disappear in the near future. Finally, depending on your politics, point of view or feelings about Hallowell, these photos may invoke feelings of regret, nostalgia or concern for those that may go missing someday.” – Bill Duffy
“Missing Hallowell” — an ongoing artistic exploration by Mike Dworkin
“Portraits and figurative work were among my first loves as an artist. Although I have branched out greatly, to this day drawing from life interests me, and continues to provide certain challenges needed to spur my artistic growth. To produce work that either approaches photography in depicting accurate likenesses, or expresses something of the deeper essence of my subject—or both—is the near-impossibility that keeps it exciting.
In order to win back from photography some small part of the portraiture clientele that has been lost to it, I must offer in a portrait more than a simple visual likeness. I mine for some deeper ore, an intuitive reading of the inner, perhaps spiritual, aspects of my subject. I hope to produce a rendering of the individual that is unique—one particular person, seen logically, sensed intuitively—a portrait that is dimensional beyond the visible, and deeper in the information it contains, than the simple reflection of light from form.” – Mike Dworkin