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Dates:Friday, January 12, 2024 - Sunday, May 5, 2024
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor
Cost:$$ see below
Category:Arts & Culture

Framing the Domestic Sea: photographs by Jeffery C.

Becton presents a new body of work by this celebrated Maine artist.

His digital photographic collages are surreal and panoramic in scope.

The layered visual images evoke the past, New England’s varied histories, the maritime world, and contemporary environmental concerns.

Inspired by the intertidal spaces and atmospheric weather conditions surrounding his home on Deer Isle off the Maine Coast, Becton creates densely layered digital photographs that probe boundaries between dream and reality, interior and exterior, abstraction and representation.

His montages frequently contain architectural elements and objects from surrounding antique New England homes; many are part of his personal history.

They invite close looking and quiet contemplative study.

Their subjects feel familiar and vernacular, but the scale of the prints and their uncanny qualities – they often present ruptures between what we see and what we expect – puncture the quietude and introduce a level of anxiety: about the passage of time, the work of history, and the indomitable forces of the natural world.

In this way, Becton’s work engages with many of the pressing issues of today, including intergenerational legacies, the inadequacies of and absences within traditional histories, and the widespread impacts of climate change, especially rising sea levels and changing coastlines.

As an Islander, Becton is ideally suited to raise such questions and imagine startling outcomes, if we don’t turn the tide and change course.

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• Tuesday-Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
• Sunday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
• Closed on Mondays


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Adults: $23 | Senior (65+): $21 | Youth: $13 | Museum Members: FREE

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www.whalingmuseum.org/exhibition/framing-the-domestic-sea-photographs-by-jeffery-c-becton/

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New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA, 02740 map

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