The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, 162 Russell Ave., will present “Resisting Entropy III,” an exhibition of artwork created by 12 artists working collaboratively over a 24-hour period. The exhibition will open with a 7 to 9 p.m. reception Saturday, April 11.

Artist William Kentridge wrote that the artist’s job is to “fight against entropy — to keep on taking these fragments and say, ‘What can they become?’ To take the fragments and construct something provisionally new.” The 12 artists of “Resisting Entropy III” will be doing just that. Working from noon Friday, April 10, to noon on Saturday, April 11, they will transform materials from a sizeable pile of discarded and castoff items into unique and unpredictable artworks.

This is the final exhibition in CMCA’s Rockport location — the new in-progress building on Winter Street in Rockland is set to open in 2016 — and seems a fitting way to make the process of moving into an artistic occasion, said CMCA Director Suzette McAvoy.

“Many of the items and discarded material the artists will be using were sourced from our cleaning out of the Rockport building’s storage areas and closets in preparation for the move,” she said.

The first “Resisting Entropy” took place in 2010 at Asymmetrick Arts in Rockland. In 2013, CMCA hosted “Resisting Entropy II,” which was revised in scope and included an extended roster of artists. Asymmetrick Arts owner and artist Jared Cowan, an originator of the “Resisting Entropy” format, noted that the group is excited to be working at CMCA again, and that “since the group has already worked in the space, they will be more prepared for what ordinarily can’t be prepared for.”

The artists in this year’s group include David Allen, Alan Clark, Jared Cowan, Bethany Engstrom, Andy Hamm, Alexis Iammarino, Siglinde Langholz, Eric Leppanen, Cristin Millet, Trelawney O’Brien, Jennifer Wilkey and Andrew White. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, April 25. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to all. For more information, visit

After the opening, "Resisting Entropy III" may be seen Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. CMCA’s major media sponsor is Maine Home + Design magazine. CMCA is a nonprofit organization advancing contemporary art in Maine through exhibitions and educational programs.

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