By: Victoria Ryan, Seraphin Gallery Resident
Seraphin Gallery artist Peter Zelle will be featured in a group exhibition at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, Wisconsin. Running from February 24th- April 2nd, the show will be displaying the works of artists with diverse concentrations such as digital photography, pit-fired ceramics, bead-work, handmade shoes, cast-glass, metal, and mixed media prints.
The Phipps Center for the Arts not only exhibits visual fine art and handmade craft, but also has a focus on the performing arts and music. The Center frequently hosts art fairs, performances and concerts. They also provide classes and lessons for both children and adults.
"My art is an exercise of my physical intuition and my passion for color and form. I think of my sculptures as compositions, a word that resonates for me musically as well as spatially. I bring together shapes, patterns, textures, and colors in order to orchestrate a dynamic and harmonious whole. Perhaps the most striking aspect of my pieces is the luminous color radiating through the smooth surfaces, but equally important is the relief on the reverse sides. In fact, this is the first element that I address in my process, carving the shapes and textures into clay. It is only after I establish these spatial relationships (and cast a plaster mold from the original clay relief) that I decide the arrangement of colors that will accentuate the form and bring the composition together."
- Peter Zelle
Peter Zelle has worked with sculpture for around 30 years. He started working with sculpture at age 15 by watching his father's great uncle, sculptor/painter Peter Krasnow. He earned his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. He also served as an apprentice to noted glass sculptor Howard Ben Tre , who helped Zelle to establish his glass studio in 1992. His works have been featured in numerous private and public collections throughout the country.