How do you locate a landscape? For the eighth installment of the Currents series, Carly Glovinski posed this question to generate a group of works for a two-part exhibition on view currently at the Colby Museum and the Waterville Public Library. In its presentation of painted, cast, and woven forms, the exhibition manifests what Glovinski calls a “viewshed,” a term she has adopted from terrain analysis to describe her associative and egalitarian reflections on how we understand nature through the world of things.
Glovinski’s painted sculptures can often be mistaken for functional objects. The list of varied items invoked in her Currents project includes fishing poles, books, partially completed jigsaw puzzles, and a colorful crocheted blanket. Glovinski approached the Colby Museum’s Lunder Collection of American art in a similarly acquisitive spirit, and a complementary arrangement of these works—by Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, and Edmund Charles Tarbell, among others—is on display at the Colby Museum in a gallery adjacent to her commissioned installation. For the portion of the exhibition mounted at the Waterville Public Library, Glovinski has created a group of three-dimensional paintings that closely resemble books in the library’s collection. These painted objects, all of which take landscape or other forms of nature as their subject, are exhibited on the library’s shelves. Designed to be explored by the hand and eye, they can be discovered by library patrons via a finding aid.
Carly Glovinski (b. 1981) holds a BFA from Boston University, has shown her work nationally, and is represented by Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York. She grew up in Berwick, Maine, and has a studio in nearby Rollinsford, New Hampshire, on the Salmon Falls River, the waterway that defines a section of the Maine-New Hampshire border.
Established by the Colby Museum in 2004, the Currents exhibition series is dedicated to emerging artists with connections to Maine. It supports innovative and experimental approaches to contemporary art and offers a platform for the presentation and publication of new works. The exhibition catalogue for Currents8: Carly Glovinski has been made possible by Francis H. Williams and Keris Salmon.