Washington park presenting steel exhibit

WASHINGTON — The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens is presenting an exhibit featuring works by American artist John Crawford. The exhibit features large and small scale works of forged and machined steel on exhibit in the park. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, April 17, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Crawford, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, learned to craft steel in an ancient blacksmith shop in the Tuscany region of Italy.

His most recent exhibitions include Lori Bookstein, John Davis, and the LongHouse Reserve.

“My sculpture has changed over the years—and it hasn’t. Early on, I wanted to reproduce the structural beauty of those functional Italian shovels, hoes, and axes. Hopefully, this sense of structure exists in the recent Bifurcations and Accretions, but in a different way: Deceptively simple sculptural shapes, slightly varied, repeated, can yield surprisingly complex results that resemble fractal geometry. My earlier work explored the structure of single, simple objects. Now the process is more like a gardener hybridizing a new plant, or a weaver producing a fabric with no beginning or end.”

The exhibit represents four bodies of the artist’s work: Tools, Bifurcations, Pinecones, and Accretions. Crawford explains “Each sculpture is unique - hammered into shape, often with large industrial machines that can pick up, heat, and hammer metal forms of almost any weight. The forging process - my language - is inseparable from my expression.”

Crawfords’ sculptures are on display through April 30. Private showings are available by appointment between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. To schedule an appointment, email events@thejudyblackparkandgardens.org. or

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The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens is located at 1 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot.