Engineered in Clay: Peter Barnett @ Museum of Art & Design
In with MAD’s hardworking Open Studio artists Peter Barnett. The artist who works in clay and mostly known for his abstract cubed vessels has most recently taken on a new kind of research and application. He studies images and the mechanics of antique cars, he replicates table size clay models that have moving parts..
Ever wondered how a car is designed and engineered? Understanding how things work is a science, and in the Open Studios clay is being used as a tool for inquiry and creative execution. In Barnett’s most recent clay car rather than working on a vintage model, he concepts a greener, better car that improves air quality and turns gasoline into perfume. I guess clay and innovation can be used in the same sentence! As a visitor I am interested in what he comes up with next. As an art educator, I see a great opportunity to encourage a student to run with their imagination and use clay as the tool to find answers.
Check out the Open Studios at the Museum of Art And Design in New York and get some ideas by visiting with Peter Barnett.