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 Past Exhibition

John Bisbee: Field
June 30–September 3, 2000
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Maine artist John Bisbee worked with nails, brads, spikes, and weld to create his site-specific installation at the Kemper Museum. Labor, work, and industry crackle through Bisbee's project. His materials, nails and arc welding—both industrial glues, emerge from industry, connote the struggle with often-dangerous material, and are the implements of pre- and postindustrial work. Marrying objects and structural elements with nails is a simple solution to complex fabrication goals, and Bisbee capitalizes on that idea. The fragmented metal pieces are often sharp and potentially harmful, but grouped together suggest a remarkable, indefinable biology or geography. Bisbee was an artist in residence at the Kemper Museum.