Gregory J. Barry
My recent body of work investigates sculpture and forms that incorporate the detritus of construction materials. I use plywood that has been discarded, neglected and somewhat eroded to reference its demise as a life form, its industrial properties and its transformation as an object. Interests also reveal the formalist qualities of texture and color as they relate to the contexts of the object’s shape and contrast. Metaphorically, the sculpture evokes our human impact upon our environment. I am interested in making work that speaks about how human existence depletes, regenerates and strives to sustain the land, water and atmosphere. Additionally, I aim for the work to inference human labor processes involving forestry, industrialization, production and construction as a means of our human survival. The layering of these plywood shards and fashioning them reflect several complexities we share with and being an integral part of nature.