Cove Street Arts in Portland presents works by Ian Trask with an opening reception on September 6 from 5-6:00. Using vintage slides depicting others’ lived experiences, Ian Trask invents his own stories. Combining found 35 mm slide photography, analog collage, and assemblage sculpture, Trask creates imaginative double-exposures that transcend the boundaries of time and experience resulting in “strange histories.”
Trask finds “that without prompting, people share how the collages sparked their imagination. And oftentimes the narratives and perspectives conjured in their heads differed significantly from my own experience of the work – in the best possible way.” Like any great story or history, the narrative is shaped by and understood through personal experience.
Since moving to mid-coast Maine in 2015, Ian Trask’s work has been exhibited nationally, including at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Maine Historical Society, Frank Brockman Gallery, Harlow Gallery, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Merrymeeting Arts Center, and the Lucie Foundation (Los Angeles). Recent press includes features in Hyperallergic, CNN Style, the Maine Sunday Times and the Coastal Journal.