Dispatches from Maine: Space Gallery

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Our recent exhibition and residency in Portland, ME, was made possible thanks to generous support of the Space Gallery. Part of our mission while in Portland was to visit and write about the visual art excitement happening all over town; we would be remiss if we didn’t give the 10 year old arts space its due.

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And we aren’t giving them a shout-out just because they are hosting the best zine show in town. No they earned this post because of the crazy exhbition they had in their other gallery/performance space next door.

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The first American installation of the Italian design concern, Carnovsky‘s jaw-dropping RGB wallpaper.

More Pictures after the Jump!

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Carnovsky describe their RGB project on their site:

RGB is a work about the exploration of the “surface’s deepness”.
RGB designs create surfaces that mutate and interact with different chromatic stimulus.
RGB’s technique consists in the overlapping of three different images, each one in a primary color. The resulting images from this three level’s superimposition are unexpected and disorienting. The colors mix up, the lines and shapes entwine becoming oneiric and not completely clear. Through a colored filter (a light or a transparent material) it is possible to see clearly the layers in which the image is composed. The filter’s colors are red, green and blue, each one of them serves to reveal one of the three layers.

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As seen under white light.

The installation consisted of one very large wallpaper mural on one wall, and several smaller circular patterns, some framed editions, and an explanatory key on the other wall.

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As seen under red light.

The images all appeared to be a collage of images taken from 18-19th century(?) engravings or illustrations of flora and fauna. These appropriated elements were then layered on top of one another and printed in single color ways that both revealed and isolated themselves when a pure color of light was turned on facing the wall.

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As seen under green light.

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As seen under blue light.

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The effect was awe inspiring.

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At night this space doubled as a concert venue, where the RGB wallpaper was used to the great joy of everyone in attendance.

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Space also had  this other show next door.

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