POINT OF VIEW
IAN TRASK'S STRANGE HISTORIES
JANUARY 20 - MARCH 4, 2022
POINT OF VIEW: IAN TRASK'S STRANGE HISTORIES
January 20 - February 24, 2022
Artist's Talk: Zoom Artist's Talk Wednesday, January 26, 12 - 1 p.m.
Closing Reception: Wednesday, February 23, 12 - 1 p.m.
Ian Trask is a Brunswick, Maine-based artist whose practice often transforms the stuff of everyday life into poetic visual inquiries into the workaday materials and assumptions of daily life in America.
In 2012, Artist Ian Trask was gifted a trove of film slides from the art-pop family band, the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players. Suddenly in possession of thousands of film slides, Trask began layering the images frozen in gemlike color film, producing photocollages that are by turns poignant, funny, disorienting, and joyful. For his 2018 book Strange Histories: A Bizarre Collaboration, Trask invited his community to respond to these collages in writing, creating a dialogue between word and image that his exhibition at UMA continues.
Viewers are welcome to write in response to a curated selection of Ian Trask's Strange Histories collages in the Danforth Gallery, either on notepads designed for that purpose in the physical space of the gallery, or through an online form, using the images in the gallery above as inspiration. These responsive writings from UMA's community near and far make exhibition viewers into narrators of newly invented, even strange, histories.