Peter Glenn Oakley exhibits at the North Carolina Museum of Art
Chisel and Forge: Works by Peter Oakley and Elizabeth Brim at The North Carolina Museum of Art
September 12, 2015 – March 20, 2016
East Building, Level A, North Carolina Gallery
Chisel and Forgepresents two North Carolina artists whose sculptures provide a fresh and humorous look at everyday objects.
Peter Oakley skillfully re-creates impermanent items—bars of soap, Styrofoam containers, egg cartons—out of marble, transforming the otherwise ordinary into beautiful and permanent objects, all with a wink toward the irony in doing so. Elizabeth Brim, a prominent blacksmith, uses her metalworking—traditionally considered a “man’s medium”—to make a sly commentary on the unnecessary gendering of materials. Her forged steel pieces represent soft and stereotypically feminine objects: frilly pillows, high-heeled shoes, tutus, and aprons. Together, these artists jovially chisel away at the assumptions plaguing their chosen materials, forging new thoughts about the objects that surround us and those who create them.