On Friday, February 1, two interactive art shows open for month long exhibitions at 3S Artspace’s Store Gallery. “Not-Yet” by Portland, ME artist Erin Smith employs poetic text and sketches to encourage reflection and draw attention to the significance of commonplace objects and sites.
Erin Smith’s “Not-Yet” draws on the existential nature of her work to search for community: a coming together of unique yet like-minded, compassionate individuals who think deeply but who appreciate and celebrate life all the more for it. Through poetic text, she encourages reflection on the sublime nature of a globalized, human-dominated world and discussion of what it means to be human in such a context.
Over the course of the show, Smith will leave behind elements of her poetry and work around the city, giving community members the opportunity to stumble upon them in unlikely places, serving as quiet whispers of what she perceives the city streets to be saying – intimate, yet anonymous gestures that she hopes will give pause to what society takes for granted.
An opening reception will be held for both shows from 5-8pm on that Friday evening. “Not-Yet” will run from Friday, February 1 through Sunday, February 24. The opening reception coincides with “Art ‘Round Town” scheduled for that evening. Store Gallery is located at 319 Vaughan Street in downtown Portsmouth. Show sponsors include The Juicery and Robert’s Maine Grill.
The gallery’s hours of operation are Friday (11-6pm), Saturday (11-6pm), and Sunday (12-4pm).