For some time now artist Elizabeth Atterbury has been testing the authority and autonomy of the photographic image; she exploits its twin capacities for frankness and withholding. Indeed, many of her recent photographic prints could not be more explicitly incoherent. How far can one peel representation away from the thing it depicts without detaching it altogether? Frequently drawn to pliable but precarious materials such as paper and sand, Atterbury constructs ephemeral tableaus specifically for the purpose of recording and, in so doing, transfiguring them. For the seventh installment of the Museum’s currents series, this Portland-based artist extends her analysis of the photogenic properties of objects in new two- and three-dimensional work, creating a site-specific installation. If Atterbury’s photographs pose questions about the limits of pictorial literacy, her objects further fray distinctions between artifact, prop, model, and sculpture. Within the museum setting, these indistinctions antagonize traditional habits of museological display, documentation, and reproduction.
Elizabeth Atterbury has participated in group exhibitions at Heaven Gallery in Chicago, and KANSAS and Bodega in New York. She has been the subject of recent solo exhibitions at Document in Chicago, and kijidome in Boston. In the Middle, An Oasis, a monograph of her work, was published by Bodega Press in 2013. Atterbury holds a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She lives and works in Portland, ME.
This exhibition is part of The Maine Photo Project.
Student Advisory Board: Winter Open House CelebrationFebruary 12, 2015 6:00 p.m.
The Museum’s Student Advisory Board invites visitors of all ages to attend an opening reception and celebration of the exhibitions currents7: Elizabeth Atterbury, Terry Winters: Printed Matters, and Listen to this page. Works by Bern Porter from Colby College Special Collections. The evening’s program will include a conversation with Elizabeth Atterbury, exhibition tours, art-making activities,...
Community Day: The Art of the BookApril 11, 2015 10:00 a.m.
In conjunction with National Library Week and the exhibitions currents7: Elizabeth Atterbury, Terry Winters: Printed Matters, and Listen to this page. Works by Bern Porter from Colby College Special Collections, regional small presses, print-on-demand publishers, and artists will exhibit their publications as part of a Book Fair held in the Museum lobby. Please join us for...
Noontime Art Talk: The Origins of Chinese Writing: Oracle Bones of the Shang Dynasty (1600–1045 BCE)April 22, 2015 Noon
Noontime Art Talk by Ankeney Weitz, Ellerton M. and Edith K. Jette Professor of Art In conjunction with currents7: Elizabeth Atterbury, the Museum has on view are several oracle bones from the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. Ankeney Weitz will introduce the earliest surviving traces of Chinese writing on fragments of animal bones used in ritual prophesies at the royal court.
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