Cushing artist David Sears ‘Sticks and Stones’ on view July 14,15
CUSHING — Cushing artist David Sears' solo show, Sticks and Stones will take place July 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cushing Historical Society Barn, 17 Hathorne Point Road, in Cushing, Maine. The show features new carved and painted wood and metal sculptures of birds and fish, Condon Cove cobblestone paintings, framed works in watercolor and acrylic and prints inspired by Matinicus Island, where the artist has a home and studio.
Much of the show reflects Mr. Sears' almost twenty years of living on a small coastal island and the idea that his work is most successful when it progresses from the almost realistic to the almost possible. When carving a bird he begins with a realistic shape, allows a wing to shift, adds wing feathers cut from sheet metal and then paints it starting with recognizable colors and patterns that will be evolve as more and more layers are added until the original patterns are only hinted at in the finished work. In some cases the entire bird is painted black, removing all traces of color and feather pattern, leaving the essence of the original for identification as in silhouettes in the front of older bird guides. His carvings also explore, contrast and expand upon Western/European, Native American/Aboriginal and Primitive depictions of birds and fish
The connection between the show and the Langlais Sculpture Preserve, the 90-acre former home of renowned Cushing artist Bernard Langlais, now owned by Georges River Land Trust, is clear.
"’Blackie’ Langlais' art had been a stuck in the back of my head for many years, when a move to Cushing in 2016 found us living just up the road from his studio. I saw a lot of his work and soon my fish grew large teeth, my birds metal feathers, some lost all their color, and my work began to reflect the rich heritage of folk carvings in Maine and other parts of the planet.” Sears said in a news release.
An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, July 13, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Cushing Historical Society Barn and the public is welcome. Sticks and Stones is presented in partnership with the Georges River Land Trust - Langlais Sculpture Preserve in Cushing. The Land Trust will receive a portion of show sales to support their efforts at the Langlais property. Work in Sticks and Stones and more information about the artist can be found at dsearsart.com.