Anna Hepler, ARREST, ARRAY
Curated by Beth Sellars

Anna Hepler, an installation artist based in Portland, Maine, responds to the physical space of Open Satellite with an installation of hovering particles and lines, a suspended swarm of fleeting geometries. Using thousands of aluminum and stainless steel rods of very small diameters and black PVC disks to articulate the connection points, the artist fabricated a massive suspended structure that appears to flow through the gallery space with the controlled chaos of a flock of birds against the sky. Although the installation is physically static, the work expresses a dynamic movement, encouraging the viewer to appreciate the formal logic embedded in the frenetic flight of the swarm.

April Austin, in the July 12, 2006 edition of the Christian Science Monitor, said “Anna Hepler's art is a triumph of opposites: Though it looks fragile, it also gives an impression of tensile strength. And although she captures the moment of an object's dissolution, she celebrates the charged particles that remain. From installations of string and colored tape to a series of delicate three-dimensional spheres made of covered florist's wire to ink drawings on stacks of Plexiglas, Ms. Hepler tries to convey the moment of controlled explosion...Hepler is captivated by the way pieces come apart when suddenly freed from their moorings, like a nebula in space or the flight of birds when a flock simultaneously wheels into the sky. This rearrangement of particulate matter recurs in her work like a theme and variation in music.”

Born in Boston in 1969, Anna Hepler received her MFA in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her BA in 1992 from Oberlin College, Ohio. She has staged solo and group exhibitions at numerous venues across the United States and Asia, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo. Awards: Maine Arts Commission (2007); Henry Luce Foundation Fellowship, Seoul (1999). Residencies: Tamarind Institute (2007, 2001), KHN Center for the Arts (2003), Illinois State University (2002), Penland (2000), Centrum Center for the Arts (1999), Oregon College of Art and Craft (1997). Numerous public collections include the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Tate Gallery, London; DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, ME; and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Since 2003, Hepler has been Visiting Assistant Professor at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME.


Exhibition Dates
August 21-October 4, 2008

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Opening Event
Thursday, August 21, 6-9 PM

Artist Lecture
Wednesday, August 27, 7 PM
Henry Art Gallery Auditorium, Free

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Anna Hepler Website

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Photography credits: Eduardo Calderón