COTUIT, MASS.- The Cahoon Museum of American Art
announces a new drive-by exhibition, Garden Grove, featuring colorful sculpture by Cape artist Alfred Glover. The exhibition is part of the Museums ongoing Streetside series and remains on view throughout the year.
Garden Grove consists of a series of whimsical trees with giant ginkgo and philodendron leaves that are inhabited by baby birds in blue nests, spotted dogs, exotic flowers, and other creative creatures. The artworks are clearly visible from the street along Route 28 in Cotuit.
A lifelong artist and Cataumet resident, Glover is well known to regional audiences for his fanciful, enchanting sculptures created in wood and metal. His inspiration comes from exotic flora and fauna he has seen on his international travels, as well as stories and memories from his childhood. Two of his espalier trees, on view by the Museums front door, were inspired by time spent in Rockport Maine when he was a small child, fascinated by wrought iron espalier frames he saw on antique buildings.
Most of these works on display at the Museum have stories, Glover explains. Some are inspired by my childhood; others emerge as I work on the pieces. Sometimes the animals inspire me after the work is finished. One of the pieces on view illustrates the story of a spotted dog who travels on an adventure that leads him from the ground all the way up to a bird nest at the top of the tree.
The aluminum sculptures are constructed using metal from old fuel tanks that Glover purchases and recycles. The artist uses a band saw to cut organic, curvilinear shapes and then welds the forms together. He colors the sculptures using highly durable etching primer -which eats into the aluminum- or old-fashioned sign paint, which is available in a vibrant palette of colors and stands up to outdoor weather without fading.
As a working artist for over four decades, Glovers artwork has taken many forms, always with his signature joyful take on nature. Most recently he has been working on metal trees, trellises, and garden gates. His sculpture is widely collected and exhibited in museums and botanical gardens throughout the East Coast.
We selected this group of sculptures to display, because Alfie Glovers whimsical, colorful work offers so much joy and beauty, says Museum Director, Sarah Johnson. His artwork really speaks to this cultural moment by offering inspiration and hope at a difficult time. It is an important part of the Cahoon Museums mission to showcase the creativity of local artists and to have public art available and accessible to the community.
The Cahoon Museum initiated the Streetside series in order to offer art on the Museum grounds that could be seen from the street. Streetside presents public art for the community as part of the Museum's mission to make art accessible for everyone. Other outdoor works currently on view include the environmental art installation Blue Trees by Konstantin Dimopoulos and the bronze sculptures, Head of the Cod and Tail of Fish by Hilary Hutchison.
Alfred Glover is a mixed-media sculptor who works out of a studio in Cataumet on Cape Cod. His whimsical carvings, paintings, and painted aluminum sculptures blend storytelling and folk art in colorful and imaginative combinations. Birds, fish, snakes, dogs, and other animals make frequent appearances in the friendly menagerie that are playfully represented in his work. Alfie incorporates these hand-made creatures into brightly painted trees, trellises and tropical foliage constructed out of metal and found objects, such as hand carved driftwood.
My imagery is mostly animals combined with a variety of colorful foliage, fruits, and dazzling flowers, the artist explains, my work represents new growth and new hope. Glover describes his colorful works: [it is as if] birds appeared, leaves sprouted, flowers once again bloomed, and fruits began to grow. The creatures of the land moved right in, realizing that it was a healthy place in which to flourish. The trees are a microcosm of life and good health, a new beginning. A good life, new growth and renewed hope.
Glover graduated from the Vesper George School of Art in Boston, MA. Early in his artistic career studied painting with Robert Douglas Hunter and Henry Hensche at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA. He has exhibited at the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury, MA, the Cahoon Museum of American Art, the Cape Cod Museum of Art, Heritage Museums and Gardens, and the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, and his work is in many private and public art collections including Boston Childrens Hospital.
Garden Grove is part of the Cahoon Museums Streetside series, launched in 2018, that brings artwork to the museums grounds where visitors can delight in discovering contemporary sculpture. Streetside gives local artists the opportunity to create and present public art for the community.