‘Goin’ Back’ comes to Perimeter

May 16, 2014
"Sloop," a well-worked oil on canvas, is among the recent paintings by Joshua Ferry going on view at Belfast’s Perimeter Gallery.

Belfast — Perimeter Gallery at the downtown Chase’s Daily will open “Goin’ Back,” an exhibition of new paintings by South Portland artist Joshua Ferry, with a 6 to 8 p.m. reception Thursday, May 24.

Before moving to Maine from New Hampshire at age 15, Ferry spent summer vacations at his family’s cottage in Northport. In 1990, he graduated from Cony High School in Augusta, and in 1994, from the Maine College of Art in Portland. He then went to New Jersey, earning his MFA from Rutgers University, and wound up staying 15 years. The paintings on view at Perimeter are in many ways about his return to Maine two years ago.

Well known for his graphically bold paintings that make use of words, flags and cross shapes, Ferry offers new paintings that are looser in their expression, no longer reduced to predominantly geometric forms. They are inspired by early remembrances, as well as Ferry’s new Maine surroundings. As always, the paintings consist of heavily worked surfaces that have been sanded and scraped to arrive at simple, pared-down images discovered in process.

Ferry’s work has been included in biennials at both the Portland Museum of Art and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, earning honorable mentions at the two CMCA biennial exhibitions. He also has shown at a number of Portland and New York galleries, as well as previously at Perimeter.

“Goin’ Back” will run through July 6. Perimeter Gallery is located within Chase’s Daily at 96 Main St. Hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 338-0555.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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