PETER BARRETT

“Paperclip” represents a brief journey in a new direction for me.  It came about from, literally, playing with a paperclip; who hasn’t?  I researched paperclips just a bit, mainly to make sure that Claes Oldenberg hadn’t already produced one on this scale; he hasn’t.  (There is a large, stately version of one in front of a factory in England.)

My research also revealed that over fifty percent of paperclips are used for jobs other than holding two or more sheets of paper together.  Resetting your thermometer, cleaning something out from that tight spot; what have you done?

So, I thought I would have some fun, and scale up an ordinary paperclip to about one hundred times its actual size, and, in the process, give it a twist.

Please, enjoy this sculpture from many angles.  Some of the negative spaces that it creates are interesting, even entertaining.   Imagine it set on a deep green lawn, or against a hedge of lilacs in spring bloom. 

“Windows on War” is an older piece that came out of one of the many Israeli/Palestinianconflicts.  The top “window” is meant to conjure up a basement shelter; the middle unit a shell-pierced bunker “window,” and the bottom unit, a slit of a “window” through which a soldier would aim a gun.

I have another, similar piece entitled “Kosovo,” that was a result of the Balkans conflict.  I often feel that we could keep adding nameplates to these pieces to commemorate so many different conflicts, from all over the Middle East, Africa, southern Asia, Crimea; where else?

I believe that if we don’t remind ourselves of our past cruelty to each other, then how we will ever learn to not repeat these atrocities?

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Group Exhibitions:

Art in Egremont, Egremont, MA 1989, 1990, 1991

Front Street Gallery, Housatonic, MA 1989-1994

Spazi Fine Art, Housatonic, MA 1990

Williamsville Inn Sculpture Garden, West Stockbridge, MA 1995, 1996, 1999-2001, 2004, 2005

Gedney Farm Sculpture Park, New Marlborough, MA 1993, 1994

Anthony Nordoff Gallery, Great Barrington, MA 1995-1999

Chesterwood Museum, Stockbridge, MA 1998, 2001, 2007, 2013

Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003

Acacia Gallery, Gloucester, MA 2000

Fox-Martin Fine Art, Housatonic, MA 2000

Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA 2004, 2005 (People’s Choice Award), 2008 (Best in Show; Honorable Mention, siting; Honorable mention, fabrication)

Sculpture on Main Street, Great Barrington, MA 2006

Sculpture on Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 2007, 2010

Sculpture on Main Street, Lenox, MA 2008

Lauren Clark Fine Art, Housatonic, MA 2009, 2010

SculptureNow, Lenox, MA 2012, 2013

Common Ground: SculptureNow at The Mount, 2014, 2015

North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show, 2016, 2017

SculptureNow at The Mount, 2017

Solo Exhibit:

Anthony Nordoff Gallery, Great Barrington, MA 1999

Affiliations:

SCULPTURE NOW advisory board member, active volunteer since 1999.

Member: Artist Blacksmiths’ Association of North America; Northeast Blacksmiths’ Association