By Sarah Williams, Staff Reporter
Seven artists displayed their evocative work in the show entitled “Residue” at the UMF Art Gallery earlier this month. The gallery opening filled up quickly with the artists, students and community members mingling together in a casual setting surrounded by unusual art, artifacts and collages displayed on all three floors. The artists’ work addresses the notion of social residue seen mostly through artifacts according to the handout received open entering the gallery.
One masterfully created piece of art was hung from the third floor and wrapped it’s way down to the first floor, creating a visual impact. Dudley Zopp’s, Erratic/ Reading the Landscape is a contemporary piece made of mixed papers, shellac, charcoal and acrylic. Zopp recycles used materials to create site specific installations.
Wally Warren said, while wandering around with an empty wine glass and talking passionately about his art, describing his “City of Dreams” sculpture, “It is made out of computer parts, bottle caps, cigarette lighters and kid’s toys.” In an impromptu interview he talked about his creations including several colorful sculptures he called his, “yachts,” which are displayed on the first floor and are lego bright and stately, lined up together.
“Technology has unleashed a multitude of raw material for my use,” added Warren. He noted about the empty wine glass that he doesn’t like to drink from plastic, and soon was consuming some sparkling apple juice provided for the show. With his smartly tilted pageboy cap and contagious energy he looked younger than his 71 years shown.
Warren has two large scale cities on display in Augusta at the Burton Cross Building. “I went to Orono and got my BS in art, and I lived in Seattle for 15 years,” said Warren. The artist has now settled in rural Maine.
Another eye catching piece of art was Kris Wills’s, “Peels,” containing over twenty-five different photographs of discarded banana peels. Wills commutes to work on her bike 25 miles each day and took notice of the trash along the way, and created her collage from the results. “I’m into found object stuff,” said Willis. “It started out as a joke,” she said referring to the banana peels. “I bought a camera and started taking pictures of them.” Wills also makes a lot of art out of styrofoam and other larger scale projects.
Several of the artists brought their musical instruments and formed an unrehearsed band in the balcony, creating a delightful cacophony of noise and pleasure for the unsuspecting audience. Warren, the artist who seemed to lead this musical gathering said they called themselves, “Unintended Consequences,” and that some of them had played together for twenty years. He played the trumpet but also admitted to playing a guitar in “distortion” mode.
Residue will be showcased at the Art Gallery through November 9th, and is a wonderful way to get lost for awhile in this provocative collection of art. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 12-4p.m. and by appointment.