John Bisbee: Old and New Nails

Jan 23, 2011 - Mar 6, 2011 | Snite Museum of Art

Floresco, 2011, composed of hammered and welded 12-inch spikes.
Floresco, 2011, composed of hammered and welded 12-inch spikes.

Snite Museum of Art
January 23–March 6, 2011

Artist John Bisbee created a site-specific sculptural installation for the Mestrovic Studio Gallery. It featured two, new, large wall reliefs, Floresco (2011) andClematis (2011) meant to evoke stained glass windows as well as some smaller wall pieces and a free-standing “spool” composed of nails created during the last few years. Typical of Bisbee’s life-long oeuvre, the sculptures are fabricated solely from nails.

Bisbee (American, b. 1965) is a Maine sculptor who has spent decades exploring the artistic possibilities of nails. He creates sculptures of various sizes and forms using metal nails that range in size from brads to railroad spikes and in color from silver to rust.;

Bisbee is an art department faculty member at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He received his B.F.A. from Alfred University in 1990 and in 1992 attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine.

The Snite Museum of Art installation was generously funded by Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Nanovic (ND '54).