Peter Lundberg           Phone: +1 917 604 5827          Email: peter.lundberg.sculptures@gmail.com


Foreword By Mark di Suvero

For some sculpture is something that you bump into, something ignored like the back of your hand. Yet others see a vision and passion for life in art, a door you can walk through. Going through that door, you arrive at a landscape as different as dream is from reality or confusion from ideals. So often in the past, sculpture referred to something other than itself or became a pedestal object, inactive and undemanding of interactivity. Yet almost always sculptures stand on the ground as consciousness stands on our own special unconsciousness.

Some sculptures sit on pedestals, lean against walls or reach for the sky, but Lundberg's work searches for something deeper, unknown and ignored, subterranean. Seeking the foundation that all trees and forests know, he digs into the ground and this original process gives us the root force and root forms of his work. His sculptures resemble the unconscious, intricately constructed beyond judgments of beautiful and ugly or good and bad. They rise out of the earth and stand tall enough to include the sky. They haunt our memories.

All work that is great has a jarring quality, such as Lundberg’s piece Euler next to the George Washington Bridge by the bust of Othmar H. Amman, the bridge’s engineer. As you approach the modular repetitive towers of that great catenary bridge, Euler, in all its root-nature splendor, is passed too quickly. Seeing it as you drive by gives way to that same briefness of memory you experience when you have a quick flash of something from early childhood special only to you.

Lundberg’s pieces, with their immense weight and hidden structural intelligence (joining concrete to stainless steel), exemplify pure emotion as they rise majestically in the fields of the Storm King Art Center. There, you have ample time to gaze them and feel their importance. You feel the darkness of roots, the foundation of life, all so clearly writhing as you take them in; you feel their clear emotional power as they stand in that Hudson Valley painter’s landscape.


Artist Statement

I think of my sculptures as a view into my unconscious mind, a landscape of very primitive things, rudimentary elements of life, nature, science, spirituality and passion. For both the maker and viewer, sculpture, like music, carries a beat, a pulsing motion directed to and from the soul that when reveled in takes us into dreamlike states of mind. This state leads to questions and answers, uncovering mysteries, which ultimately give meaning to life’s journey.

The process of creation becomes just as crucial as its end goal, which once reached makes it all the more important from the exertion it took. When I take time to appreciate that grueling, dirty and contemplative process that makes art, I find myself rewarded by a greater understanding. The labor, pain, and love of my efforts not only give me meaning but also make me feel alive. Art brings this journey into focus; the sculpture marks its destination.


Education

BA Mathematics, Skidmore College 1983

MFA Sculpture, Bennington College 1985 


Collections

Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney, Australia
City of Frankfurt, Germany
City of Cottesloe, Perth, Australia
City of Nurenberg, Germany
Grounds For Sculpture,NJ
Port Authority of NY and NJ (George Washington Bridge)
Griffiss Sculpture Park,Rome, NY
City of Tangsham, China
City of Taizhou, China
City of Haltorp, Swede
Town of Walcha, NSW, Australia
Skidmore College, NY
Saratoga Polo, NY
City of Vevring, Norway
City of Budelsdorf, Germany
Senator Carris, Rutland, VT
Cherokee Sculpture Park, Cashiers, NC
Chestnut Hill Sculpture Park, Phila., PA
CT Sculpture Park
Fort Tilden, NYC
UNO, New Orleans, LA
City of Columbus, Indiana
City of Macon, Georgia
City of Pittsburgh, PA


Exhibitions

2014
Thompson Estate Winery Residency, WA, Australia
Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe & Bondi, Australia
West Rutland Art Park, Vermont, USA
Domain Forget, Quebec, Canada
Georgia Tech University, USA
Gomboc Gallery, Perth, Australia

2013
Solo Exhibition, Damien Minton Gallery, Sydney, Australia
Sculpture by the Sea, Sydney, Australia
Red Gate Gallery, Beijing, China
Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Australia
Frost Art Museum, Miami, Florida, USA
Kluftern Ortrundsweg, Germany
MCLEMOI Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2012
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, Australia
Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe, Australia
North Bennington Sculpture Park, VT
Griffiss Sculpture Park, Rome, NY
Nord Art, Germany

2011
UNO, New Orleans, LA
St. Gallens, Switzerland
Salem Art Works, NY
Governors Island, NY
Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi Beach, Australia
Won NordArt Prize 2011, Germany
Griffiss Sculpture Park, Rome, New York
North Bennington Sculpture Exhibition, Vermnot

2010
Tangshan Sculpture Symposium, China 
Sculpture for New Orleans Orleans  (www.sculptureforneworleans.org)
Taizhou Sculpture Symposium, China
Nord Art, Büdelsdorf, Germany (www.kunstwerk-carlshuette.de)
North Bennington Art Park, Vermont
Allensbach and Düsseldorf, Germany (private commissions)

2009 and before
Storm King Art Center, NY
Gallery Scheffel, Bad Homburg, Germany (www.galerie-scheffel.de
Andreas Brüning Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany
Blickachsen, Germany (www.blickachsen.de)
St. Urban Sculpture Park, Switzerland
Grounds For Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ
North Bennington Art Park, Vermont
Haltestelle Kunst, Nürnburg, Germany
LaCoste, France
Neue Kunst in Alten Garten, Hanover, Germany
Salem Art Works, New York
North Carolina State University, USA
Castleton State College, VT
Triangle Workshop, NYC
Norwalk Sculpture Trail, CT
Vevringutstillninga, Norway
Long Island University, NY
Squibb Sculpture Park, NJ
d’ART, Berlin, Germany
George Washington Bridge, NY
Oil and Steel Gallery, NYC
Symposium Norge, Norway
Aurora Gallery, Chelsea, NY
Fort Tilden, NY
Oakton Sculpture Park, IL
Pier Walk, IL
Franconia Sculpture Park, MN
HdK, former East Berlin
Amerika Haus, Berlin
Chesterwood, MA
Pratt Institute, NY
Kalmar Konst Museum, Sweden
Roda Tröden, Sweden
Lilla Konstsallongen, Sweden
Öland, Sweden
Galleri Chagall, Ostrava, Czech


Apprenticeships

Mark di Suvero  1994-2001
John Henry 2000-2001
Alexander Calder Foundation 2199-2001


Grants

Connecticut Commission on the Arts
Berlin Senate, German Department of Culture


Sculpture Parks

Co-Founded West Rutland Art Park, 2013
Co-Founded Hudson River Sculpture Trail, 2006
Co-Founded Cherokee Sculpture Park in Philadelphia, 2004
Founded Saratoga Sculpture Park at the Saratoga Polo Grounds in New York, 2005
Founded Cashiers Sculpture Park in New York, 2005
Founded Connecticut Sculpture Park, 1996
Founded Värnanäs Sculpture Park in Halltorp Sweden, 1989