Monday, May 11, 2015

Reno Motel Art Comes to Portland Maine

Motel Variations: 24 Hours

When current Portland resident Ann Tracy lived out in Northern California, she participated in the Nada Dada Motel Shows in Reno (  She created her "Motel Variations" series for that DIY instant Art Festival that has been occurring in Reno since 2006 with each artist renting a motel room without any jurying.    Beginning on First Friday, June 5th with an artist's reception from 5 to 7 pm, Tracy's "Motel Variations" will be there at the Dock Fore, 336 Fore St. Portland, Maine.  The exhibit will continue throughout the month of June.  

"Motel Variations" are digital collages of photographs of old motels in Sacramento and Reno, along with shots of Reno's neon at night and "naughty" French clip art from the beginning of the 20th Century.  Tracy says she was playing with the concept of motels being places where illicit sex occurs.  The work has been described as Wharholian and Pop in that the source images are ordinary and Tracy combines them in an alchemical manner to create something bigger and more thought provoking.  

"I was part of NadaDada for three years", Tracy said.  "This is the first time this work has been shown outside of Nevada and California.  I loved being part of NadaDada Motel and getting to know the wonderful Reno artists, some of whom are still friends."

She is a native New Englander who grew up in the Maine towns of Fryeburg and Cape Neddick before her family moved south to Massachusetts and then west to Colorado in 1969.  After decades of living in Colorado, Wisconsin and California, Tracy is now calling Portland Maine home with her husband, two dogs and two cats.  She is a member of the Professional Women Photographers, Running with Scissors Arts Collective in Portland Maine, Digital Arts Guild, Webists International Artists and Maine Artists Collective.

Her  fine art has been exhibited from Japan to Maui to New York City to Spain and Budapest, Hungary.  She is a 2014 finalist in the Julia Margaret Cameron competition and was invited to exhibit at the 3rd Photographic Biennale in Malaga, Spain.