The 13Forest Gallery has opened the second round of its summer show, "Double Vision," with six new artists.
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UpcomingAbove: Eris, Skunk, 34 bicycle parts, 4 mill loom factory gears, lathe chuck, drill press cover, 4 industrial auger bits, machinist parts, typewriter, hardware, 46" x 25" x 13"About the ArtistArcher, toaster, wrenches, auto parts, tools,
bicycle parts, shears, printing press
parts from the Boston Globe, 43" x 17" x 15"Skunk is a welder, a teacher and a sculptor of everything from small rocketship pens to mid-size floor robots and 300-pound bicycles that sputter light and rise above local nighttime streets. On a mission to give materials transcendence over their original purpose, he welds sculptures from spark plugs, circuit-breaker boxes, clarinets and discarded metal of all kinds in his studio at Artisan's Asylum.
"There's intrinsic beauty," Skunk says, "in the design, longevity, weight, and wear of the chunky, steel, mechanical elements that are integrated into our daily lives." One form these elements take on is in Skunk's collection of robots, or Astrobots, which he considers a galactic family of siblings and cousins destined to outlive the sum of their once doomed parts. Another form is in his fleet of bicycles that he crafts with members of SCUL, which has been called "Boston's oldest and most mysterious bicycle gang." Promoting bicycle use and unbridled imagination, the vehicles form abattalion of funk and differ enormously from what most would consider cyclable species.Skunk is an artist of unique vision and pursuit, who fantasizes about his work "appearing on 'Antiques Roadshow' in the distant future, and having some expert in early-21st- century works of steel seriously freak out."13FOREST Gallery167A Massachusetts AvenueArlington, MA 02474Tue-Wed 11-7 Thu 11-8 Fri-Sat 11-6
This announcement was updated Friday, Aug. 21, 2015.