Mass Cultural Council and the New Art Center (NAC) will present Mass Cultural Council Awardees in Crafts and Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, September 18-October 17, 2015, at the NAC.
Dana Filibert is one of the exhibiting artists, and here is more about the work, in the artist’s own words.
In my studio process I use multiple materials. From my training in metalsmithing I employ welded steel, I also incorporate mass-produced objects and carved high-density foam. While working as an exhibit preparator for natural history museums I learned to repair fossils creating seamless archival specimens. I have transferred this skill that I now apply to my sculpture.
Over the last few years I have been preoccupied with creating stylized cloud formations utilizing a collage of materials. In each sculpture I employ iconic animal imagery, references to human biology and decorative arts elements.
When creating these pieces I am looking at them as idealized precious objects. Each animal I choose to represent is due to the hold it has as a symbol of cultural virtues. I especially look to those animals that are used as emblems to market consumer goods. I am interested in the consumer’s tendency to identify with these symbols.
See Dana Filibert’s work at the upcoming exhibition, Massachusetts Cultural Council Awardees in Crafts, Sculpture, Installation & New Genres, September 18 – October 17, 2015. Opening Reception: September 18, 7-9 PM. New Art Center, 61 Washington Park, Newtonville, MA, 02460
All images courtesy of Dana Filibert. Studio photographed by Geneve Rege. Sculpture photographed by John Polak