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Carol Grillo Gallery

Clint Fulkerson: Points in Space

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - January 16, 2015
Gallery Talk and Reception: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Gallery Talk: 4:00 – 5:00 PM and Reception: 5:00 – 6:30 PM
Free and open to the public

The galleries at the Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts will be closed on November 26 - 28,
December 24 - January 5.

The video background music is from Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker

Clint Fulkerson is “one of Maine’s most promising emerging contemporary artists,” according to the Portland Herald Press. His intricate hand-drawn geometric abstractions on paper as well as large scale murals have been included in numerous group exhibitions in Maine at The Portland Museum of Art, The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, The University of Maine, Edward T. Pollack Fine Arts, and Corey Daniels Gallery; in New York City at The Curator Gallery, and internationally at The Mytilene Public Theatre Gallery, in Mytilene, Greece. Clint’s drawings are in numerous private collections and the collection of MIT. Clint worked with our students to create two murals in the gallery during the first week of his exhibition. Please join us on Wednesday, November 5 at 4:00 p.m. for a gallery talk by the artist, followed by a reception at 5:00 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

In his statement, Fulkerson explains that “In this series of drawings I am using points and lines within a small circular format to explore a range of ideas regarding space and time, as well as making stubbornly handmade objects in a world dominated by digital media. I am arranging sets of the pieces to look like pixilated circles from a distance, thereby making points composed of points composed of points in a fractal-like hierarchy, and also expecting the pieces to be viewed online.”  Clint’s works of art appear scientific and mathematic in character; and the manner in which the art is explained is often esoteric.

He continues, “An accretion disc is the cloud of matter that forms gravitationally around a star or a black hole. My drawings are built up, line by line, dot by dot, filling the area of a disc though an accretion process. My drawings build up in clusters during exhibitions.  Mathematically, a point in space is infinitely small, with no volume, but a large object such as a star, as viewed from a great distance through a telescope appears to be a tiny point in the flat black plane of space. A single point in one vast field of view is just another vast field of view if you zoom in, and this makes me uncomfortable. My drawings act as two dimensional analogies to contemplate the complexity of space in a relatively comprehensible manner.

Clint Fulkerson Points in Space 6 sections from set #1 black, white, and color disks
The students at the School of Visual and Performing Arts had a wonderful experience creating two murals with Clint.  Last spring they met him when he was a visiting lecturer in the Foundations Seminar course and have had an opportunity to discuss his processes and view his artist portfolio.  During his public gallery talk on November 5 he will talk about the works that are currently displayed in the Grillo Gallery and the collaboration with our students.

If you have any questions regarding the exhibition Clint Fulkerson:  Points in Space, or any of the related programming, please contact Kathleen Moore at 978-232-2655 or  If you are interested in learning more about Clint Fulkerson, please view his website at



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