Ix207 // 04. HOMAGE ➔ PORTER
ON THE SEA: Intersections of Culture and Commerce
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MAINE // Two installations of artwork from the ICELANDx207 project by artist, photographer and USM Art alumni Justin Levesque were shown on the USM Portland campus in conjunction with the 2016 Arctic Council Conference held in Portland, ME. The USM installations include: images from the Portland International Ferry Terminal; excerpts of North Atlantic maps; visions of water that evoke the sensation of being at sea; and a series of comparative landscape images as an homage (following footsteps) to photographer, Eliot Porter.
The five banners mounted in the Abromson Center Mezzanine, 88 Bedford Street and the large-scale prints on display in the Paul Tarbox and Family Arcade, Glickman Family Library, 314 Forest Avenue are part of a USM Digital Humanities initiative supported by Maine Economic Improvement Funds. They represent the ways in which the arts and the creative process intersect with commerce, and highlight USM's role as an educational and cultural connector to the North Atlantic region. The installations were on view from September 6th, 2016 – February, 8 2017.