Exhibition dates: Wed 20 to Sat 23 November 2013
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A new series of sculpture by the winner of Sculpture by the Sea 2012.
“For some sculpture is something that you bump into, something ignored like the back of your hand. Yet others see a vision and passion for life in art, a door you can walk through. Going through that door, you arrive at a landscape as different as dream is from reality or confusion from ideals. So often in the past, sculpture referred to something other than itself or became a pedestal object, inactive and undemanding of interactivity. Yet almost always sculptures stand on the ground as consciousness stands on our own special unconsciousness.
“Some sculptures sit on pedestals, lean against walls or reach for the sky, but Lundberg’s work searches for something deeper, unknown and ignored, subterranean. Seeking the foundation that all trees and forests know, he digs into the ground and this original process gives us the root force and root forms of his work. His sculptures resemble the unconscious, intricately constructed beyond judgments of beautiful and ugly or good and bad. They rise out of the earth and stand tall enough to include the sky. They haunt our memories.
“All work that is great has a jarring quality, such as Lundberg’s piece Euler next to the George Washington Bridge by the bust of Othmar H. Amman, the bridge’s engineer. As you approach the modular repetitive towers of that great catenary bridge, Euler, in all its root-nature splendor, is passed too quickly. Seeing it as you drive by gives way to that same briefness of memory you experience when you have a quick flash of something from early childhood special only to you.
“Lundberg’s pieces, with their immense weight and hidden structural intelligence (joining concrete to stainless steel), exemplify pure emotion as they rise majestically in the fields of the Storm King Art Center. There, you have ample time to gaze them and feel their importance. You feel the darkness of roots, the foundation of life, all so clearly writhing as you take them in; you feel their clear emotional power as they stand in that Hudson Valley painter’s landscape.”
– Mark di Suvero
For more information about Peter’s work, please visit his website.