In Motion: The Art of George Sherwood at DHMC

Art in motion. George Sherwood’s kinetic sculptures can be found in public spaces and private collections throughout the Upper Valley. One of his pieces, Wind Orchid, greets visitors outside of the main entrance to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and another, Camera Lucida, makes its own magic at the gallery in DHMC’S Williamson Translational Research Building. 

Sherwood’s Camera Lucida

Sherwood creates often in stainless steel, in freestanding and wall-mounted sculptures. The motion in all of his work reflects his early experiences in the theater, combined with inspiration from dance/movement groups like Pilobolus and Mummenschanz. Watching a piece like Wind Orchid is a combination of two conversations: one between the sculpture and the forces that cause it to sway through space, and the other between the piece and the viewer. Especially for his outdoor works, the conversation changes, depending on the wind speed and direction, time of day, and the position of the sun. Interactions with his sculpture can be quietly contemplative but more often are simply stop-in-one’s-tracks thrilling.

A skyward view of Wind Orchid

Sherwood has New England roots. His home and studio are in Ipswich MA. Last year, he exhibited at Shelburne Farms in Burlington VT. In 2015, he installed a traveling exhibition of his work at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens (it is currently on view in the southern climate of Huntsville AL). His sculpture has appeared on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston MA, at the Currier Museum in Manchester NH, and at the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish NH.

Artist George Sherwood, fine-tuning. Photo by Susan B. Apel. All other photos courtesy of the artist.

You’ll want to indulge with a look at more of his work online. The still photography is beautiful; the videos bring the pieces to life. Find them here at the artist’s website.

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