Resuscitated, Reimagined, Retooled: Metalwork by Archie Nahman will be on display from April 15-May 15 in GCC’s Nahman-Watson Library, with an opening reception Thursday April 17 from 4-6pm. Exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
RESUSCITATED, REIMAGINED, RETOOLED is an exhibit of metalwork created by Archie Nahman. Nahman is a self-taught artist who uses industrial salvage, metal scraps and found objects to create three-dimensional works that range from the playful to the practical. Using his skills as a former machinist, he retools these objects by drilling, turning, burnishing and grinding techniques that enable him to reimagine mundane pieces of metal as masks, animals, lamps, furniture, and Jewish ritual objects. A steam joint might become a worm’s body; discarded optical equipment might become a pair of eyes. Nuts and bolts, coils and springs of copper and brass and stainless steel become lively and ingenious works of art, many of which reflect Nahman’s Jewish heritage and his early years growing up in Africa. His work has been in many exhibitions in the United States and is in private collections and synagogues in various parts of the world. He participated in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C. and was a finalist in the Folk and Ethnic Arts Massachusetts Fellowship Program. His awards include Most Innovative Design from the National Museum of American Jewish History.