On Thursday, March 24 Perimeter Gallery will open a new exhibition of large, mixed-media sculptures by Max Ascrizzi of Vinalhaven and Freedom. An opening reception to meet the artist will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the gallery in Chase’s Daily, 96 Main St.

Ascrizzi describes his new work as a culmination of using a wide range of practical and artistic skills while employing a variety of materials and techniques. They come out a lifetime of making things and draw on his experience in art, craftsmanship and restoration; his time spent in residential construction and renovation; and, of course, his observation and interest in the world.

“I found myself using almost all my skills to bring them from raw material to conceptual forms that matter,” Ascrizzi said.

One piece is made from split tree trunks, recovered building materials and paint and poly-chromed gesso, while another uses metal, plastic and electronic components and includes a video installation.

“The works blend the rough-hewn with the finely polished — the natural with the ‘wired’,” he said.

The larger scale pieces represent a new direction in the 39-year-old artist’s work, an interest in creating an undeniable physical presence that also offers space for inclusion of small things and details. They are meant to be seen in layers. At their heart is the story of secret things, of forgotten histories, of dormant energies, like the sleeping force inside a seed, the artist said.

“They prompt the viewer to remember to look … As we scuttle about the planet, I believe it is very important that we take time to notice, to study and to fall in love with the things that are often hidden or overlooked when we focus solely on our preoccupation with the temporal,” Ascrizzi said, adding he hopes his work will coax viewers “away from the customary and the known.”

“Max Ascrizzi: New Sculptures” will remain on view at Perimeter Gallery through May 8. Chase’s Daily is open 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 930-0464.

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