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Artist Talk by Ian Trask
January 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 amFree
Join us in the Workshop Gallery at Ball & Socket Arts on January 20th at 10 am for an Artist Talk with Ian Trask about his creation process, inspirations, and other works.
This event will kick-off Strange Histories, a new exhibition at the Workshop Gallery which runs from January 19th through February 25th during gallery hours (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12 pm to 4 pm). Free on-site parking available. Enter on Willow Street to our new Southern lot.
The works in Ian Trask’s Strange Histories series combine found 35mm photography, analog collage, and assemblage sculpture to create imaginative double-exposures that transcend the boundaries of time and experience. The photocollages, which are presented in vintage slide viewers, are created by overlaying two 35mm slides which have been meticulously selected from the artist’s massive 30,000 slide collection. It’s a slow process that relies on trial and error and serendipity. From the chaos emerges surreal visual juxtapositions informed by a confluence of memory, beliefs, feelings, current events, hopes, fears, and humor. The idea first took root in 2012 when the artist received a massive donation of slides from the Trachtenberg Family Slideshow Players, an art-pop family band based in New York City who used found slideshows as a catalyst for their music. The project has since evolved to include hundreds of the original collages, numerous print editions, and a collaborative art book (Strange Histories: A Bizarre Collaboration).
Ian Trask is a sculptor and multimedia artist who transforms waste materials into objects and installations with new purpose and integrity. His immersive works often play with sophisticated patterns, lending unlikely materials exquisite beauty. At other times, he works on an intimate scale with puckish humor. Trask began his career in New York City, where he was a core member of the Invisible Dog Art Center and exhibited at the Spring Break Art Fair, the Figment Festival, and Brooklyn Academy of Music. Upon returning to Maine, where he studied biology at Bowdoin College, Trask has exhibited at the University of New England, University of Maine, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. In 2018, he published his first artist book, Strange Histories: A Bizarre Collaboration, and has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, Hyperallergic, Portland Press Herald, and Maine Magazine. https://www.iantrask.com/