Thinking Out Loud On Display in the Baber Room
Works by Brian Nelson investigate post-pandemic life
Nelson is known for rendering complex examinations of contemporary life into sculpture and for impeccable craftsmanship. For example, that stainless steel surface employed as a pedestal that looks like a surgeon’s table? He fabricated that, too. All around the gallery, in fact, nothing is as it first seems; what looks like a plastic gas tank one could easily lift, is actually cast in bronze. An abstract drawing, up close, is actually a virus.
Several pieces resonate with the austere exterior of technology and medicine. Linger, though, and you’ll feel their resonant humanity. “My work is reflecting on my experiences,” Nelson said, though he hopes “every viewer will see the work through their own histories.” And it’s true. Visitors who look closer and who spend time immersed in the installation will be most rewarded.
Brian Nelson will give an artist talk at 6:30 pm on Thursday, January 19 in Park Libraries’ Sarah and Daniel Opperman Auditorium, free and open to the public.