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Kenny Shapiro creates sculptures that explore humor, play, sex and kink. These newest works are animals made into objects; a rug or hobby horse. “The allusion to pleasure garments purchased in the hope of ramping up one’s sex life also implies a tender longing to feel desired, sexy, vital. They are achingly sweet in a way, while also incredibly labor-intensive in their construction.” - Jorge Arrango

The works in this video are featured in “Room for Play” at the Fort Hall at Fort Andross in Brunswick.

Matt's work is primarily figurative, mostly painterly narratives found through the process of painting and drawing. He has worked from observation and nature for many years and many of his paintings join life drawing with imagery drawn from imagination. These paintings filter his long term interest in rural life using imagery drawn from direct observation, with contemplation of perspectives and experiences often marginalized by urban and mainstream culture. The places conjured in these paintings are both haunted by the past and threatened by the changing world of the present.

Matt Blackwell received his BFA(Portland School of Art, Maine), and MFA from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC and participated with the Skowhegan School. Blackwell received a Purchase Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2006) and his work was included in the 2013 Maine Biennial and is currently in “Modern Menagerie”. Fellowship residencies include Yadoo; Sculpture Space in Utica, NY; Vermont Studio Center; Triangle Arts Association. Blackwell has had six solo shows with the Edward Thorp Gallery, New York. He shows with Greenhut Gallery in Portland Maine. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2015.

Carla Weeks is a British-born painter and muralist based in Midcoast Maine. She holds a BA in Art History and a professional background in design that informs both her painting practice and multidisciplinary collaborative projects. She has shown work in Philadelphia, New York City, and across New England. This April she was in residence at the Ellis Beauregard Foundation in Rockland, and is featured in the current issue of Art Maze Magazine. Her most recent solo show was held this Spring at Northern Daughters Gallery in Vermont.

Informed by her personal interactions with both the natural landscape and built environment, Weeks utilizes abstraction to navigate through the physical and emotional experience of place. Employing a distinct shape vocabulary to formally explore color relationships, her paintings articulate the shifting nuances of sensory memory.

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