the opportunity to talk with the artist, his wife, and one of the filmmakers

‘Alan Magee: art is not a solace’ film showing at Cushing Public Library

Sat, 06/11/2022 - 8:00am

Story Location:
Cushing Public Library
Cushing, ME 04563
United States

CUSHING — Alan Magee: art is not a solace, a film documenting the life and work of Cushing artist Alan Magee, will be shown Thursday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m., at the Cushing Public Library. The artist, his wife Monika and David Berez, the film’s co-director and editor, will be present for discussion following the screening. 

The program is free, with donations encouraged to benefit the library. The presenters request that those attending wear masks. For further information call Wendy Roberts at 207-691-0833 or email wrobertsmaine63@gmail.com.

The film shows Magee at work and reveals his path from boyhood enthusiast to successful illustrator to an artist who explores both life’s darkness and light. 

The filmmakers, David Wright and David Berez, combine archival footage of the developing artist and location shooting from Pemaquid Point, Maine, to Berlin, exploring the artist’s subjects, locales and historical sources which have sustained his work for five decades. We see him intensively painting his realist canvases in his Cushing studio as well as doodling and creating in sculpture and other mediums, especially his innovative technique of the monotype. Even the darkest of his work reveals the humor of an outwardly gentle demeanor with a keen satirical mission. The more familiar serene paintings of nature and found objects offer the sublime, if not solace.

“This perfectly edited film allows me to know the artist Alan Magee as if I were to visit his studio,” wrote curator John Heartfield.

The film premiered at the 2019 Camden International Film Festival and has been seen on PBS and in a showing at the Strand, but this is a special screening in Cushing with the opportunity to talk with the artist, his wife (whose importance and influence in his life is well documented in the film) and one of the filmmakers.