"THAT THIRD THING | Speedwell Projects”

THAT THIRD THING | Speedwell Projects

curated by Bridget Spaeth and Titus Abbott

Saturday, October 21st from 4pm-7pm 

“That Third Thing” is a month-long project which convenes performing and visual artists who have chosen to work within abstract strategies.  The gallery installation will juxtapose materially-based work of nine contemporary visual artists curated by Bridget Spaeth and an improvisational music program developed and produced by Titus Abbott.

Within abstract syntax are the roots of our humanity; objectively neutral as a system, yet (as with this gathering) every artist and performer brings their own intent to bear. It is the curator’s intent to create the opportunity for reflection, experience, and the benefits of the peripheral and scanning gaze, while the creative collaboration and spontaneous composition of the musicians unfolds.

In truth, “that third thing” refers to no “thing” at all, but to a quality of relationship established by the individual artists within their own bodies of work.  As the musicians establish a base for improvisation and collaboration in time, their work performs a similar craft. As audience, our experience becomes yet another refrain of this “third thing”: object, subject and the event of our perceptions.

Experimental in nature, this project stems from a curiosity about unexpected experience and/or connections between these abstract forms, which share their roots and resonance within the mind.

Community event:
Sunday, October 29th from 4pm to approximately 6:30pm
that third thing forum: Visual artists conversations in the galleries and concert

Part I.
Gallery artists: in conversation

Part II.
Michael Sarin at the Drum Set, Solo

Over the last twenty-five years, drummer Michael Sarin has been at the center of New York City’s genre bending jazz and improvisation community. His versatility and musical wit helped forge long associations with forward-looking artists Thomas Chapin, Dave Douglas, Myra Melford, Ben Allison, and David Krakauer.

Since moving to New York in 1989, Michael’s unique style and approach to the drum set has been highly sought after by NYC and European musicians looking to expand the definitions of jazz and improvised music. He has contributed to recordings by the aforementioned artists as well as those of Frank Carlberg, Anthony Coleman, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich,Mark Helias, Denman Maroney, Simon Nabatov, Mario Pavone, Ned Rothenberg, and FredWesley–recordings found on numerous music critics’ Top Ten CD year-end lists.

First Friday:
Friday, November 3rd from 5-8pm
Performance by: Jesus Cactus
Globe-trotting, Maine-bred drummer RJ Miller (Bill McHenry, Luke Temple, Jorge Rossy) leads Jesus Cactus, an electronic, psych, and jazz-infused trio with Portland stalwart multi-instrumentalists Dave Noyes (Vio/Mire, Royal Hammer, Rustic Overtones) and Pat Corrigan (Seekonk, Plains, Robert Stillman).


October 21, 2017 through November 25, 2017

Speedwell Projects
630 Forest Ave,, Portland, Maine | 207-805-1835
Open Hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12 – 6 PM and by appointment