Berkshire Museum

Pittsfield, MA




Springs, Sprockets, & Pulleys: Steve Gerberich's Mechanical Sculptures

July 7 - October 22, 2000


Press a button or crank a wheel, and with a whirring hum, Steve Gerberich's sculptures come to life. An orchestra of mechanical musicians--including an accordionist constructed from an old-time roller-press washing machine and a saxophonist with an overturned teapot head and a ribcage made of curved table legs--swings and sways to the purr of simple motors. A flock of decoy geese flap overhead with open suitcase wings. A wooden cow with hooves clad in high-top sneakers is milked endlessly by an over-enterprising farmer. (left: "What a Catch! - Artist Steve Gerberich and Friend")

These and other clever sculptures are on view at The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA from July 7 - October 22, 2000. "Springs, Sprockets, & Pulleys: Steve Gerberich 's Mechanical Sculptures" is a 4,000 square-foot exhibition featuring 50 pieces designed and created by the sculptor over a twelve year period. Gerberich refers to his work as "simple machines that move ideas" and his sculptures subtly explore themes as diverse as mass production, ecology, hunting and the evolution of baseball. Most of all, Gerberich's sculptures are designed to delight people of all ages.

"We are so pleased to have the opportunity to present this major retrospective of Steve's sculptures," says Sharon Blume, Museum Director and organizer of the exhibition. "What attracted us to Steve's work is that it is great art and highly accessible to a general public. We know that everyone who comes to see the exhibition will just love it."

"The thing about my mechanical work is recognizing the pieces that people grew up with, the nostalgic value of something I've cut in half and used in some other sense, inverted it or changed it," Gerberich says. He invites audiences to do much more than observe, too, encouraging them to interact with his sculptures by pulling levers and turning cranks that set the surprising works in motion.

"Springs, Sprockets, & Pulleys: Steve Gerberich 's Mechanical Sculptures" is being produced for tour to museums across the country. The exhibition will be designed by Amy Reichert Architecture + Design with graphic art design by Winstanley Associates. The team worked successfully under Blume's direction in the creation of last year's blockbuster exhibition Kid Stuff: Great Toys from our Childhood which is currently on national tour through 2004.

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