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(Portland, Maine) Andrea Sulzer: throughoutsideways, on view April 26 through August 24, 2014, at the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), will be the first solo show at the PMA for Brunswick, Maine artist Andrea Sulzer. The exhibition is part of the Circa series, which features the work of living artists from Maine and beyond.
With more than 15 works, the exhibition will showcase a diverse range of Sulzer’s latest creations, produced largely during the six months leading up to the opening. There are meticulously crafted abstract drawings in black ink and colored pencil that explore the relationship between the handmade marks and paper support, as well as woodblock prints that create complex, unexpectedly varied surface topographies through multiple layers of ink. The exhibition will also include sculpted paper constructions in which Sulzer transforms two-dimensional drawings and prints into three-dimensional forms that incorporate the air around them into the very essence of the work.
A unifying feature among these and the other works in the exhibition is Sulzer’s interest in pushing the limits of her materials and exploring the relationship between two-dimensional and three-dimensional space. The subtitle throughoutsideways—with its connotations of multi-directional movement and multivalent possibilities for interpretation (the title can be read as “through out sideways,” “throughout sideways,” “through outside ways”)—embodies the category-defying nature of her latest works. Sulzer’s art invites sustained engagement with the viewer, and proffers a series of unexpected encounters, shifting perceptions, and experiences of wonder.
Sulzer’s process-oriented, investigative approach stems in part from her early background in plant sciences and botanical illustration. She received a B.A. in Fine Art from Smith College and earned an M.F.A. from the Glasgow School of Art. She has been in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and has received fellowships from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Maine Arts Commission, among others. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout Maine, as well as all over the world in countries such as the U.K., Germany, Japan, and China.
Circa is a series of exhibitions featuring the work of living artists from Maine and beyond. Generously supported by S. Donald Sussman. Corporate sponsorship is provided by The VIA Agency, and media sponsorship is provided by The Portland Phoenix.
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