After three decades of creating with a sole medium, the nail, Bisbee has expanded the nail's own vocabulary in his most recent 2d. work on exhibition for the month of December at Walker Contemporary in Waitsfield Vermont.
Bisbee is well known for his sculptures, exhibited all over the country, including recent museum exhibitions at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont and the gallery at SCAD in Savannah, GA. He has an uncanny ability to almost disguise the nail. Although that is not his aim. When first approaching one of Bisbee's sculptures, the viewer immediately asks what the material is.
To say he is fluent in "nail" or adept with his material is an understatement. The level of knowledge Bisbee has comes not only from 30 years of working with nails, but from an almost child like or even Buddhist ability to constantly view the nail with fresh eyes and his belief in the limitless possibility of all things. He has developed an intimacy one can only achieve through pure unadulterated dedication to his practice.
In his newest work at Walker Contemporary, Bisbee moves away from the 3d form and instead uses the nail to draw, by heating the nail and pressing onto wood, creating a sort of branded image. A single form, the nail, repeated, offers limitless potential. In the series of seven 30 x 30 inch pieces, Bisbee uses the same arrangement of nails on each piece, but has turned the brand by a slight degree each time creating a kaleidoscopic effect. Trying to follow his logic, we are offered the opportunity to also see as Bisbee sees, limitless potential and the chance for us to see new again.