Two 校友 Artists Have Simultaneous Shows at Rockland Museum

Elijah Ober ’15 and Ian Trask ’05 have solo exhibitions at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art (CMCA) from October 2022 to January 2023.

欧博的展览 brings together two bodies of work, “CALCIUM” and “Your Future Ex Squirrelfriend,” which together feature videos of snails foraging for calcium, a key nutrient in strong shell development, carved Styrofoam squirrels.

Both animals are commonly considered pests. Ober’s work encourages us to more closely examine these creatures and, 更广泛地说, 反思这片土地, 生态系统, resources we share with them and the ways we relate to our environments.

查斯克的展览,"脑海里循环,” premieres a series of sculpture and installation pieces incorporating materials found in local waste streams. The sculptures emulate the role decomposers, 比如苔藓和真菌, play in recycling matter in 生态系统.


查斯克的展览 incorporates materials found in local waste streams.

CMCA Executive Director and Chief Curator Timothy Peterson said that the two artists “employ a remarkable mastery of novel artistic media,” and that the museum is excited to show the two in their first museum solo exhibitions, “offering dynamic opportunities at key moments in their respective careers.”

Ober said his intention with his show is to create a “playful and joyous place.他补充道, “这是全球官网电子游戏想象力的, 共同的生命, 野性, 材料的纯度,的资源, 可爱, 动物的能力, 和更多的, 我希望.”

When asked about the perspectives he brought from his time at Bowdoin, 他说, 有点厚脸皮, “现在我想起来了, Bowdoin has some of the most thick and healthy squirrels I’ve ever seen!”

Trask said that while he hopes his work leaves a lasting impression on the audience, he too creates it with playfulness in mind. “Oftentimes my work is playful, 精力充沛的, boldly colorful because those qualities grab the eye and ignite the imagination,他在一封电子邮件中说.

“I love it when something I’ve created fills someone with wonder and makes them happier in the process. And because my work at its roots is about the deeply troubling topics of human impact and environmental collapse, I’ve found it particularly important to prioritize evoking positive emotional responses. It sets a more appropriate tone, since any path out of our current predicament will almost certainly require a healthy dose of optimism.”

Trask added that his time at Bowdoin taught him to have a more holistic view of humanity’s place on Earth, helped him to understand that humans are intrinsically part of the natural world, 既不高于也不超越它. “Our actions and our impacts are just as much an expression of the natural forces of the cosmos as the Big Bang, 进化, 病毒流行,他说. “我们是大自然。. And if we want to survive on this planet, it’s absolutely crucial that we embrace the underlying threads that connect us to the world.”

欧博, 谁的专业? 人类学 辅修课程 视觉艺术is a sculptor and animator based in Maine whose work has been shown at the Portland Museum of Art, 湾街艺术, 伊丽莎白·莫斯画廊, 及新系统展览. He received the 2021 Maine 艺术 Commission Project Grant and his work was featured in CMCA’s 2020 Biennial.

查斯克, 生物学专业 与一个 历史 minor, works with found objects and is based in Topsham and Brunswick. His work has been shown at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Wassaic Project (New York), 湾街艺术, 沃特维尔创建, the Danforth Gallery at University of Maine. He also self-published his first artist book Strange Histories: A Bizarre Collaboration and his writing has been featured in the 纽约时报, Hyperallergic, 波特兰先驱报, 布鲁克林的杂志, 基督教的世纪.