October 9-28, 2010 in the Pepperell Mill Campus at 2 Main Street, Biddeford, Maine
Amy Stacey Curtis’s sixth solo-biennial exhibit of interactive installation art, TIME, took place October 9-28, 2010 throughout 16,000 square feet of Biddeford’s Pepperell Mill. The Maine Arts Commission’s 2005 Individual Artist Fellow for Visual Art, Curtis has been mounting these ambitious biennials of different themes since 2000, nine exhibits total, one occurring every other year through 2016. Each exhibit is 22 months of work, installed in a different Maine community’s vast mill space, and requires audience perpetuation.
“Without the audience’s participation, my work is unfinished,” says Curtis As with her previous solo biennials, some of TIME’s nine installations require participants’ physical touch or effect, while others function through purposeful perception. Each installation has instructions, the instructions themselves, an integral part of the art. Audience is asked to manipulate, maintain, enter, detect, distinguish, recognize—they are challenged to explore the concept of time in new ways.
TIME was funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Rebel Blend Fund grant from Coffee By Design. TIME was sponsored by The Mills at Pepperell, LLC, Oak Point Associates, and collaboratively sponsored by the Biddeford arts non-profit Engine.