Diepenbrock exhibit at Newport art museum
A new show at the Newport Art Museum gives visitors a look at the experimental phase of the creative process, something most people never see.
"Through the Looking Glass… an Installation," by Jamestown resident Peter Diepenbrock, will be a work in progress for the next three weeks. Diepenbrock expects to finish the installation on or about July 12. During this early period, visitors will be invited to observe while the artist assembles the large wire installation in the museum's Wright Gallery.
"Through the Looking Glass," runs through Sept. 2 and the museum will host an opening reception during Newport Gallery Night, July 12, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Diepenbrock's metal sculpture "Torsion," was awarded best-inshow last year at the museum's Annual Juried Exhibition, which is now called the Newport Annual. "Torsion" was part of the artist's Monogenesis series, which explored the emergence of shape, form and line from the spontane- repetition of a single basic element: small rectangular steel plates.
Diepenbrock views his latest exhibit as "an opportunity to break from that body of work… I'm introducing a different method than the Monogenesis series, which produced hard, armor-like forms."
Like "Torsion," the form that results from Diepenbrock's work over the next few weeks will be progressive, meaning that it will take shape from the spontaneous repetition of the same basic element. This time, the artist is using crescents of wire so "there will be no grinding, no welding, no dust…it will be a much quieter method." The resulting "cloudlike form will expand to fill the volume of the gallery."
His work may also be seen at Didi Suydam Contemporary in Newport.
The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue across from Touro Park. For more information, call 848-8200 or visit www.newportartmuseum.com.