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Maine Artist Exhibits in the ArtSpace

Submitted by on September 9, 2013 – 8:55 am
Mortal Shift: Archival Photographic Print

Mortal Shift: Archival Photographic Print

Maine artist Paul Oberst, presents his large scale art installation titled “Banded/Cornered/Assembled” at Northern Essex Community College’s Bentley Library ArtSpace on the Haverhill campus, 100 Elliott St. from Sept 4 through Oct. 12. There is an opening reception Thursday, Sept. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m.

“This show is an exploration of the NECC gallery with elements brought into the space to reconfigure and activate the environment,” says Oberst who resides in Freedom, Maine. “Though I work in a variety of media, I have done site-specific installations, several in the Boston area and lately have explored more and more indoor and exterior environments. A common challenge in all the work is how to make the maximum impact with the least amount of resources.”

Ceremonial Fount: Copper/Acrylic on Wood, 2013

Ceremonial Fount: Copper/Acrylic on Wood, 2013

An honors graduate of Centre College with a degree in Studio Art, he was an Arts Fellow from 1982 to 1984 at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. He has numerous awards and commissions.

Most recently he created the stage backdrop installation for the Boston Jazz Festival organized by Steve Provisor, Emerson College Theatre in Boston. One of his most recent exhibits was “Maze,” another site specific sculpture commission for Summer Arts Festival, DeCordova Museum and Dana Park in Lincoln. He had a solo exhibit titled “Big Top,” at the Perimeter Gallery, in Belfast, Maine in April and May of 2013.

“For years, I have been developing an architectural passage for the spirit that is at once metaphysical and metaphorical… Two photographs in the show are explorations of these banded characters with one figurative and one abstract. The show’s three sculptural installations bring to bear accumulated efforts at delineating the lines between drawing, painting, sculpture, the playful, the curious, the mysterious and the very architecture of space,” he says.

The Bentley Library – ArtSpace is open Monday through Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m., Friday, 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This ArtSpace exhibit is sponsored by the Art & Design Dept. For additional information contact Patricia Kidney at or Marc Mannheimer at