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Installation artist Amy Stacey Curtis is at it again, placing thousands of pieces into a grid, then asking viewers to interact with her art. Curtis, who is known for her work in abandoned factories around Maine, presents her first-ever museum show this month at the Colby College Museum of Art.
In currents4, Colby’s fourth annual exhibition showcasing work by an emerging artist, Curtis explores light and the perception of color. The show opens November 15 with an artist’s talk at 4:30 p.m. and an opening reception at 6 p.m.
As sort II is unveiled on November 15, visitors will be asked to participate. “That’s when the piece starts,” said Curtis.
They will find 10,080 wooden discs painted in nine colors and randomly placed on the floor. The charge to museum-goers will be to sort the discs into containers by color, then put the installation back together. As others arrive, they will decide whether the discs are being sorted or reassembled and will be asked to act accordingly. “Without the audience, the work would be unfinished,” said Curtis.
Curtis’s other piece in the exhibition explores light and color through monochromatic photographs taken on Colby’s campus. The photos are ordered by intensity of color and brightness and presented as a slide show. A Colby map with colored pins reveals where the colors were found.
The exhibition will be open through April 13, 2008. Sharon Corwin, the Carolyn Muzzy Director and chief curator of the museum, will offer a tour on Thursday, February 14, at 12:30 p.m.
Currents is a series of annual exhibitions by emerging artists who push the boundaries of traditional art forms. Special attention is given to artists working in new media, such as installation, video, performance and site-specific works, and to artists who work in Maine. Previous currents exhibits have featured Lihua Lei, Sam Van Aken and Julianne Swartz.
The Colby College Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free and the museum is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information call 207-859-5600 or visit http://www.colby.edu/museum/.