Exhibit: December 1 - January 31 Reception: December 2, 4-6pm Music: Loren Feinstein All of the pieces in this exhibit are made solely of steel, hammered to create the detail, and colored with patinas. From the first time I hammered hot iron, I have been enthralled with the transformation of steel from a cold dead material into one which can express softness and take on an organic quality. Throughout my career I have worked to express this quality and to develop a design vocabulary based on steel’s plasticity, a forged aesthetic. This aesthetic stems from hand working the material, allowing the steel to show me what it likes to do, rather than overpowering it with technology.
Most of my career has revolved around creating custom architectural ironwork. For years I was intimidated by the thought of creating “Capital A Artwork,” but as I got into creating work of my own design for shows, I found myself drawn more and more toward work that was simply about the steel as expressed through the forging process. In my first steps of this process, I made vessels largely inspired by looking at hand blown glasswork. Around the same time I began playing with patinas and also started thinking of my work as drawing with three dimensional line. Once I had tried a few wall pieces it was a short step from drawing with three dimensional steel lines to drawings of steel.
Some of these pieces, especially the earlier ones, are reinterpretations of familiar iron design elements like scrolls. From there I shifted to looking at works in other media and translating them into a forged vocabulary, particularly the paintings of Georgia O’Keefe and the floral photographs of Robert Mapplethorpe. Most recently I am exploring is the use of figure. My goal in this work is not so much to expand what art is, but to offer a new view expressed in the language of this medium, which has become my life’s work, forged steel. -- Bob Compton
“Prove to Me You Got Some Coordination” letterpress monoprint, wood type by Lisa Hersey
Shelburne Falls galleries and businesses celebrate a different theme or simply focus on what's new in their venue the 2nd Saturday of each month. Please come and enjoy all our small town has to offer.
ANDREW QUIENT: an Intersection of Pottery & Architecture is the featured exhibit for the next Second Saturday, December 9. Join us for this reception 4-6pm with music by Loren Feinstein. Check out ShelburneFalls.com to be updated on all the doings in town!