The exhibition, entitled "Curves," will include three hand-carved dyed plywood sculptures and two metal sculptures, made in a process of digital fabrication and lost wax casting. Peterson's solo exhibition follows the artist's inclusion within a two-person exhibition at Kristen Lorello in September 2015.
The new works in Bayne Peterson: Curves, give form to the artist's ongoing exploration of traditional and digital processes in sculpture. Peterson mines the shared visual connections of both, as well as the different ways that hand carving and digital fabrication allow for the invention of form: either along the way or through distinct markers. He creates each plywood sculpture by joining together multiple cut triangular sections of plywood dyed in striations and then carving by hand. The metal sculptures are instead created through digital design and fabrication, cast in an ancient lost-wax technique, and smoothed and tinted to a lustrous sheen. Historical precedents such as biomorphic abstraction, Modernist sculpture, soft sculpture, and craft traditions inform the works.
Peterson is as interested in creating shared connections between the tactile and the virtual as he is in merging a sense of ancient gravitas with signs of present digital culture. Along the surface of each plywood sculpture, for example, a repeated linear-based pattern comprised of perpendicular and diagonal lines merges with winding slopes, vibrant colors, and concentric ovals, nodding to the virtual design screen. In turn, the digitally designed metal sculptures include phases of hand assembly, sanding, and tinting. Soft and stepped shapes appear as though turning, bending, and opening, offering further possibilities of the expansion of form in space.
Bayne Peterson (b. 1984 Palo Alto, CA) lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, where he teaches in the Graduate Studies Department of the Rhode Island School of Design. He received an MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2013 and a BA from Vassar College. Upcoming group exhibitions include Selections from the Modern and Contemporary Collection, RISD Museum, December 2016,Underlying System is Not Known, Western Exhibitions, Chicago, Illinois, January 2017, and Graham McDougal + Bayne Peterson, Providence College Galleries, Providence, RI, January 2018. His work is included in the collection of the RISD Museum.