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Flagmen of the Apocalypse
New Sculpture by Peter Walker
24 Apr 2001 – 17 Jun 2001
Peter Walker. Flagman #2
1999. Welded scrap steel with castors, 122 x 122 x 229 cm.
Walker is a painter and sculptor who lives in Bayswater, Nova Scotia. The Flagmen, a series of freestanding welded and assembled sculptures (1998-2000), are his millennium project.
Built from scrap steel and wrecker's yard scroungings, they display the artist's fusion of surreal aesthetics with a rural handyman's inventiveness and a lapsed Catholic's taste for the macabre. Several are studded with beach cobbles and equipped with wheels, combining the testicular with the vehicular. Walker's anthropomorphic constructions offer a doomster parody of the machismo exemplified by David Smith's mid-20th-century sculpture. The Flagmen are exhibited with paintings representing a South Shore vision of the apocalypse.
Gallery visitors had an opportunity to meet Peter Walker on Saturday 28 April. He was introduced by sculptor Arthur Handy, who taught in MSVU's Fine Arts Program.
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