The Mirages Exhibition opens Friday, September 3, 2021 at 5:00pm at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum. It continues through Saturday, November 6, 2021. The exhibition of new work by Elizabeth Atterbury, Strauss Bourque-LaFrance, and Katy Cowan brings their work together for the first time.
Mirages are magical, disorienting, phenomenological, real to the eye, yet just a set of visual circumstances. They can suspend our beliefs and understanding of what is real versus what is perceived. Mirages force us to think about our relationship to time, space, and landscape. They are about the act of looking.
Though geographically separated (in Portland, Maine, Los Angeles and Berkeley, California) their conversations over the last year have helped to shape the trajectory of this exhibition.
The title makes reference to the process through which each of these artists transforms materials and objects (wood, paint, images, rope, canvas, aluminum, photography) in order to reinterpret and reimagine the familiar. The artists embrace a simple premise: can a thing be a thing but also another thing?
Museum Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm | Saturday, 12:00pm to 4:00pm — while classes are in session.