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AMERICAN STEEL

JOHN BISBEE

CENTER FOR MAINE CONTEMPORARY ART

June 30 - October 14, 2018

Throughout my thirty years of abstract humming, the nail never failed me. Anchored only by its form and materiality, I revelled in the nail’s infinite possibilities. However, further erosion in our governments already limited empathy has demanded that I move from the realm of pure abstraction to one of allegorical realism. I am now compelled to create with a new voice, one that summons the utilitarian associations of the nail with new vigor and responds to the world outside of myself, pointedly and with humor. American Steel is an aggressive spectacle; my patriotic and poetic reexamination of America.

 

- JOHN BISBEE, 2018

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Bouquet (This Arrangement No Longer Works For Us)

TRUMPENCE

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Trumpet Text (wall), The Trumpet (right)

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The Trumpet (detail)

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The Trumpet (left), American Bits (wall)

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American Bits

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American Bits (detail)

OZYMANDIAS

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Viper and Pillars

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Viper and Pillars (detail)

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Fruit of my Roots

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Fruit of my Roots (detail)

DREAM ON

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Dream On (wall installation)

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Dream On (details)

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Stanchions (Departing Embrace)

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Migration Case (detail)

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American Bits (detail)

Migration Case 

AMERICAN STEEL

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American Steel (installation)

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Bouquet (This Arrangement No Longer Works For Us)

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Putin (Bear Witness To This Circus Dance)

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Tubboat

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Tubboat (detail)

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Bucket, Chain, Stanchions (Standing and Falling), Oysters, Lock, Swords, Pistols, Grackles, Bracelets, Pliers, Coins ​

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Stool with Pliers, Clamp, and Coins

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Iron with Chains

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Grackle with Pistol

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Pliers with Chain, Lock with Chain

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Anvil

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Hammer with Chain

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Oyster with Arrow

Photography by Andrew Estey

Design by Maeve O'Regan

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