Through July 11, Perimeter Gallery is exhibiting the work of Camden artist Gideon Bok. In addition to showing several oil paintings and large scale drawings on paper, the artist will complete a wall drawing over the duration of the exhibition.

Instead of an opening event, Perimeter Gallery will host a closing reception Thursday, July 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. for the public to meet the artist and celebrate the on-site piece, after which he will erase it and re-paint the gallery wall.

Bok is a perceptual painter, meaning he paints from observation. He is known for paintings of his various studio spaces and the people and things that inhabit them over time. People come and go and things get moved, as does his vantage point, resulting in paintings that are layered and complex spatially.

Bok has said that one of the issues specific to painting that interests him is the idea that the painting is a single static image (or depicted moment of consciousness) that is made up of thousands of moments of consciousness, or thoughts, each represented by a gesture, mark, or impulse on the surface.

The setting for the drawings and paintings installed at Perimeter Gallery is his current cavernous studio space, a former ballroom in Rockland. However, the subject of the piece drawn directly on the gallery wall will be the high-ceilinged space of Chase’s Daily and the many and changing elements of its function as restaurant, bakery, farmer’s market and gallery.

Bok earned his bachelor of arts degree from Hampshire College and his master of fine arts from Yale University of Art. In 2004, he received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship and was awarded Best in Show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s Juried Biennial, which earned him a solo exhibition at CMCA the following year. In 2005, he also received the Hassam, Speicher, Betts, and Symons Fund Purchase Award through The American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Bok is represented by Alpha Gallery in Boston and Plane Space Gallery in New York, and he regularly exhibits nationwide. His work is represented in numerous national and international collections including the Farnsworth Art Museum.

Perimeter Gallery is located at Chase’s Daily, 96 Main St. Open hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to