â€˜In the green â€“ sculpture set amidst the ferns and treesâ€™
‘In the green – sculpture set amidst the ferns and trees’
Sculptor Peter Diepenbrock is at the forefront of a new movement designed to expand the horizons of the way people perceive art, particularly sculpture. “The garden is the perfect setting,” said Diepenbrock. “Sculpture complements the garden while the garden becomes the stage for viewing sculpture.”
The concept is being presented to the public at his home at 32 Hamilton St. in Jamestown this Sunday, Sept. 11, from noon to 4 p.m.
The show is aptly titled “In the green – Sculpture set amidst the ferns and trees.”
“When people think of garden sculpture, they tend to think of topiary, then mass-produced statuary seems to come to mind. When they think of art, visions of images hanging on walls are the first consideration. The time has come for three-dimensional creations to be viewed in the pastoral setting of a live garden,” Deipenbrock said.
The show was inspired by an exhibit held at the private home of Meredyth Hyatt Moses in Lincoln, Mass., where she was the founder of the Clark Gallery.
“The garden sculpture concept is a refreshing contrast to the norm,” Deipenbrock said. “It makes people think about the garden in a new way.”
Diepenbrock staged a private viewing of the show by invitation at his home on Aug. 28. The show was so successful that he decided to open the garden sculpture concept to the public, again using his garden and home as the setting.
Although Diepenbrock will be displaying his sculptures, he made a point of saying that the show was not intended to focus solely on his work. The works of six additional artists will be featured to present a variety of styles and media for guests to enjoy.
John Benson, a prominent Jamestown artist will show realistic figurative sculpture, while Howard Newman of Newport will present bronze and plaster abstractions with figurative references.
Michael Hansel, a Newport sculptor and teacher at St. George’s, will exhibit steel constructions with biomorphic references and industrial and organic abstractions.
Rob Lorenson, a teacher at Bridgewater State is a Massachussetts sculptor producing large geometric constructions in stainless steel.
Allison Newsome of Warren of R.I. works in ceramic and bronze. Her style of sculpture presents a lyrical interpretation of nature.
Sculptor David Van Noppen works with glass and he will exhibit oversized blown-glass fruit.
Diepenbrock specializes in abstract construction of stainless steel sculptures with many form references.
“We are not suggesting that anyone embracing the concept should exhibit sculpture on the sides of their house that are open to public view,” Diepenbrock emphasized. “The setting should be reserved for a private garden for intimate viewing. The idea of a magnificent display in a secret garden has special meaning, and elevates the value of the experience,” he added.
“All art on display at the exhibition is for sale,” he continued. “This is a high-end exhibit. Prices start at $950. However, the show is only for display purposes. Those who wish to discuss making a purchase should call us at our Newport gallery during normal business hours at 848-9090.”
The Newport Gallery, Suydam and Deipenbrock, is owned by Deipenbrock and his wife, Didi Suydam, a fine jewelry designer and metalsmith. They have owned the gallery in Newport as well as their home in Jamestown since August 1999.
Deipenbrock graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1984. He is an industrial designer by trade and an artist by choice. He has been sculpting for more than two decades.
His commissioned works include the 9/11 Memorial at the R.I. Statehouse. Former Gov. Lincoln Almond awarded Deipenbrock the commission for the permanent display that was unveiled in 2002 on the 9/11 anniversary.
Infinity III was commissioned by the town of East Greenwich, and installed on Main Street in May of 2005.
Diepenbrock has been awarded a series of private commissions throughout the state.
He lives with his wife, Didi Suydam, and two daughters, Caia and Nina, ages 12 and 9, at their Jamestown home. The Newport gallery, Suydam and Diepenbrock, is located at 9 Bridge St.