Karlin still lifes for Art in the Capitol

Oct 08, 2018
Photo by: Lynn Karlin Lynn Karlin’s “Romanesco Cauliflower with Beans & Beets” is in the current Art in the Capitol exhibit by the Maine Arts Commission.

Augusta — The Maine Arts Commission is showing the work of award-winning Maine photographer Lynn Karlin of Belfast as part of its Art in the Capitol program, through the end of the year.

The selection of 19 images from Karlin’s “Pedestal” and “Still Life” series is on display as a free exhibit, open to the public, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Maine State Capitol complex.

The “Pedestal Series” illuminates food in still life compositions that at times expand past the pictorial frame. Karlin’s food assemblies use striking design elements as the artist carefully considers and chooses form, texture, patina and color. She uses only natural light for her photographs, giving her work a more painterly than photographic aesthetic, inspired by works of 17th century Dutch master painters.

“Food. We taste (rather we eat), we touch (maybe not enough). But how often do we slow down to take in the aroma and the beauty of the often-overlooked vegetables, fruit, and edible plants that nourish us?” Karlin asks in her artist statement for the show. “Do we notice the myriad varieties and subtle shades of pole beans, the fractal patterns of a Romanesco cauliflower, the delicate fingerlike form of young carrots, the gracefulness of squash blossoms and their tendrils or the seductive profile of a pear cut in half?”

Karlin’s move to a Maine farm in 1983, after 13 years in New York City, gave the artist a new appreciation for fresh food and what it offers each season. She chose the subject matter of this exhibit, “To honor even the humblest vegetables by elevating them to a place where they belong: on a pedestal.”

Karlin specializes in photographing gardens, interiors and food for internationally recognized magazines. She is a graduate of Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., and has received many noted awards including the Prix De La Photographie Paris: Gold for Fine Art & Still Life.

The works in this Art in the Capitol show, which can be viewed as a free, self-guided exhibition, are located on both the ground floor and second floor of the State House and are available to purchase. The Art in the Capitol program is administered by the Maine Arts Commission and is designed to expand accessibility for Maine artists working in state on Maine-based themes. To learn more about the program, visit mainearts.com/artinthecapitol; or call Visual Arts Director Julie Horn at julie.horn@maine.gov.

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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