“Tomatoes” (Skowhegan, ME), 2020, multi-channel video, installation view
“Tomatoes” (Skowhegan, ME), 2020, multi-channel video, installation view
The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland will present Erin Johnson: Unnamed for Decades, a solo exhibition of the artist’s new work, this summer. Originally scheduled to be held March 21 through June 14, the show will be extended through September 20 based on CMCA’s anticipated reopening July 1. Johnson is the recipient of the second annual Ellis-Beauregard Foundation Fellowship Award, which grants $25,000 to a Maine artist working in the visual arts and is paired with a solo exhibition at CMCA.

Unnamed for Decades is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in Maine. Spanning two galleries, the exhibition will present a series of new, site-specific installations that incorporate videos, sculptures and photographs. The works explore the artist’s ongoing interest in the complexity of collectivity, the wide-ranging consequences of scientific research, as well as dissidence, desire and the queer body.

The title of the exhibition is drawn from a text about Solanum plastisexum, an Australian bush tomato whose sexual expression has confounded scientists and appears to be unpredictable and unstable, challenging even the fluid norms of the plant kingdom.

Johnson has exhibited her work at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum; Berkeley Art Museum; Portland Museum of Art; and Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at the University of Texas, El Paso, among other venues. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, New York, and a visiting assistant professor at Bowdoin College.

CMCA is currently closed, in response to CDC guidelines. For updates on reopening plans, visit cmcanow.org.