January 13

Mainer’s sculpture to exhibit at Vermont museum

John Bisbee works exclusively in 12-inch bright common spikes.

The Associated Press

SHELBURNE, Vt. — A Maine artist is going to be exhibiting some of his contemporary art works at Vermont’s Shelburne Museum.

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“Hearsay,” a monumental sculpture made of nails by John Bisbee, stands in the foreground, with Bisbee’s Floresco in the background in the Cynthia O. and Donald B. Murphy Gallery of the Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education at Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vt. The sculptures are included in the exhibition “John Bisbee: New Blooms” on view from Jan. 18 through May 26, 2014.

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The exhibit called “John Bisbee: New Blooms” will open Jan. 18 in the new Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education at Shelburne Museum.

Bisbee works exclusively in 12-inch bright common spikes. He describes his work as, “the ubiquitous object blown open into an expansive new existence that its original utility never dreamt of.”

The museum says a wall of the gallery is hung with the work “Pelt,” made with approximately 5,000 spikes placed so as to evoke an animal’s coat. “Hearsay” is a large- scale, funnel-shaped piece in which the artist’s welding creates a brocade-like effect.

Bisbee is the sculptor in residence at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

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