Gallery 344

 Vivian Beer

Refining Landscapes
November 23, 2015-February 29, 2016
Artist Reception: December 7, 6PM

The front of Vivian Beer's exhibit postcard.

Vivian Beer is sculptor, furniture maker, and photographer. In 2012 she was commissioned by the City of Cambridge to create a public artwork for Nunes Park in Cambridgeport. Entitled Thunderhead, it is a bench that becomes not-a-bench, bending itself into curves and loops that defy sitting.

Refining Landscapes lets the viewer in on the artist’s processes that the public rarely gets to glimpse, through drawings, photographs, videos, jigs, and models, alongside finished pieces. Vivian’s materials include steel, concrete, automotive paint systems, and bronze. Her practice reveals and synthesizes her interest in the forces of nature and industrial forms, a sophisticated knowledge of engineering and fabrication, and an exquisite sense of design.

From the landscape of the desert to the landscape of a chaise lounge, Vivian’s work jostles expectations and shows how a perfectly resolved sculptural form can ask questions.

Gallery 344
Cambridge Arts Council
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Cambridge, MA

Gallery hours
Monday 8:30 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.
Tuesday - Thursday 8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Friday 8:30 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Saturday - Sunday closed 

Cambridge Arts Council Public Art Program

In accordance with Cambridge's Public Art Program, one percent of construction costs for capital improvements is designated to support the inclusion of integrated, site-responsive public art. Since 1979, over 200 artworks have been commissioned into the Cambridge Public Art Collection for the enjoyment of all who live, work and visit the city.