I couldn’t resist snapping a picture of this beautiful art piece whist walking the historic streets of Ridgefield, Connecticut.
This piece is called “Keeping it Together” it’s by artist Justin Perlman, it’s made out of a simple Cherry wood & Steel, the Cherry wood used for “Keeping it Together” was cut from a Cherry tree in the White Silo Winery in Sherman (which is in Fairfield county, Connecticut).
As you can see the Statue is outside, exposed to rain. This was completely intentional, Justin Perlman knows that it will be beaten and eventually broken by the elements and cracks would eventually appear (as they always do when wood meets water), to this he said “Cracks seem very appropriate for the piece”. What does this statement say? Is it a nihilistic statement on everyone and everythings forever temporary existence, is he embracing the fact that nothing is perfect, or at least not forever? Or is the art piece “Keeping it Together” a metaphor for a child, who no matter what you do, damage themselves with by intentionally defiantly disobeying the parents (or artists) orders to fall in line and do what they want, getting hurt by the outside world and accepting that as a part of the post-war modern area.
Moreover, the materials used to make this echo Flesh and Bone, the sign in front of the Keeping it Together contains 4 pieces of information. The artist, the title, the materials used and the year of creation. This plaque may seem like a simple sign to the casual observer, however, to me it looks like a birth certificate. The materials only list Cherry wood and Steel, this mirrors Flesh and Bone in my mind, wether this was the artists intention is unknown, however this is how I interpreted Keeping it Together.
The beautifully deformed image of “Keeping it Together” reminds me of city life and how it breaks parts away from our spiritual selves. I think that this is especially interesting that the piece is missing chunks of it’s body, perhaps this is a comment on our consumerist culture of weight loss and the fast destructive paths that many young men and women walk down every day.
If you’re interested in contacting Justin Perlman, viewing any other piece of art that he’s created, any pieces that have inspired him or are interested in seeing any future exhibitions he’s currently attending, please visit his website at http://www.justinperlman.com/
Furthermore, if you’re interested in how Keeping it Together and other pieces of art came to be spread across Connecticut, then i’d advice you reading Artists in residence written by Krystian Von Speidel which includes photographs of Keeping it Together ii by Nick Caito as well as other pieces and some interesting backstory as to why they’re there. You can read it here. http://npaper-wehaa.com/nhliving/2013/08/?g=print#?article=1987915
If you’re wondering where I got the quote where Justin Perlman talks about the inevitable cracks that will appear in “Keeping it Together” (and everything) I got it from a short extract in an article by Susan Dunne written in June 2013 for The Hartford Courant. A link to the article is here http://articles.courant.com/2013-06-18/entertainment/hc-sculptures-governors-residence-0618-20130618_1_sculpture-garden-horse-sculpture-connecticut-artists
The pictures featured in this article were all taken by me, they were taken at
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