CLOSE: A Photography Installation
CLOSE: A Photography Installation
Husson University is hosting an exhibition of photos taken by artist Ulrike Guthrie, the former president of the Bangor Art Society, at the University’s WBRC Gallery at the Gracie Theatre until December 16, 2022. The exhibition, entitled “CLOSE: A Photography Installation,” focuses on the elements of nature that surround us in Maine. Over 100 of Guthrie’s photographs are on display.
A reception where the artist answered questions and shed some light on her art and processes took place on Sunday, October 23, 2022 in the lobby of Husson’s Gracie Theatre, in the Beardsley Meeting House on the University’s campus in Bangor.
“The individuals who joined us at the reception got a better sense of Ulrike’s point of view, her processes and what inspires her,” said Kathi J. Smith, MFA, an associate professor and galleries coordinator in Husson’s College of Science and Humanities. “They also walked away with a stronger appreciation of the natural elements we come in contact with every day in our little corner of Maine.”
“The timing was perfect,” continued Smith. “Sunday’s reception immediately preceded a concert by internationally renowned cellist Sujari Britt. The back-to-back combination of these two events created a special afternoon of art and music.”
More about Ulrike Guthrie:
Ulrike Guthrie was born in 1962 in Bonn, Germany. She lived in the United Kingdom from 1965–1980 and considers herself British. She moved to Bangor, Maine in 1999, and to Orland, Maine in 2015. She attended the Universities of St. Andrews, Scotland, West Berlin, Göttingen, and Emory from 1980–1986. Guthrie was in Cambridge, England from 1986–1988 where she began her publishing career. She continued this career for the next 11 years in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 1986, she has been an academic book editor.
A self-described “nature girl,” Ulrike described an experience she had descending the Drumlin Trail in the Orland Wildlands in her artist statement. “I noticed these flat-footed icicles hanging from a twig splayed across the rocky stream. I had not known that ice makes such shapes.”
In the years that followed that January 2018 sighting, she had quite the re-education, much of it a few steps outside of her back door.
“A spindly streams runs through our seven heavily wooded acres in Orland,” said Guthrie. “The long periods of freezing weather mean the stream often ices over, thaw a little, and ices again. The fluctuations in air and water temperature, the shifting light and water flow, and the obstacles of stones, twigs, and leaves produce striking ice patterns, textures, and shapes that change from day-to-day and even hour-to-hour.”
Guthrie continued: “This icy stream and the ever-changing appearance of the tree bark, lichens, and fungi that grow alongside it are what initially prompted me to take photographs as I walked daily around this small patch of Maine. And those extremely local micro-sightings make up the bulk of this show.”
“This exhibition captures some of the many things I’ve noticed as I move around this small but beautiful corner of Maine. Textures, colors, patterns, as well as the heft and ephemerality of things, are all on display. These sights awaken a sense of joy and wonder in me,” she concluded.
She uses an iPhone to capture her subjects. “It’s always in my pocket,” said Guthrie.
More about the WBRC Gallery at Husson University’s Gracie Theatre:
Artists with connections to Maine who work in a variety of media are invited to be featured at the WBRC gallery. For more information on exhibitions, contact gallery coordinator Kathi Smith at email@example.com or call her at 207.941.7004. The WBRC Gallery at the Gracie Theatre was made possible through the generosity of WBRC Architects ▪ Engineers and John (’77) and Lynda (’03) Rohman.
The WBRC Gallery is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is located in the Gracie Theatre, on the campus of Husson University, at 1 College Circle in Bangor, Maine. For additional information, contact Jeri Misler, the managing artistic director of the Gracie Theatre by phone at 207-941-7888 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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