John Bisbee: Millefiori, 2013
from John Bisbee’s New Blooms exhibition at the Shelburne Museum Jan 18 - May 26 2014
New work by the inventive Maine sculptor John Bisbee. Bisbee’s works are created out of steel spikes, manipulating the nails individually and then welding them together for the finished form. For New BloomsBisbee is making a series of floral-inspired pieces that will include, among other works, a field of steel flowers.
“For 28 years I have been exclusively welding nails together, and for the last decade, just 12-inch bright common spikes,” said Bisbee who describes his work as, “the ubiquitous object blown open into an expansive new existence that its original utility never dreamt of.”
Bisbee, a sculptor in residence at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, has had solo exhibitions at the Albright-Knox Museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Portland Museum of Art. New Blooms is the first time Bisbee’s work has been on view in a Vermont museum. On view in the Cynthia O. and Donald B. Murphy Gallery of the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education.