Portland based sculptor Peter Gronquist born in 1979, sits with “new surrealists” if speaking of labels but huge heads of bison, goats and other species, with their horns replaced with gilded weaponry and often delicately wrapped in floral ornamentation speak for themselves. Gronquist’s juxtaposition of death, nature and destruction calls forth many pertinent questions about humans’ relationship to the environment; the animal heads seems so real, yet so artificial and manipulated.
Gronquist has exhibited in galleries across the West Coast and New York.
The evolution of desire through greed and consumerism is explored with a bit of irony and humor in the artist’s large-scale works, where taxidermied animals have their antlers sculpted into objects like replica weaponry or corporate logos, often before being gold-plated. The majestic beauty of the animals themselves sometimes stands at odds with the cold, sharp-edged beauty of glittering metal, but other works strike a softer chord.
It’s a very beautiful way to use art to aware people of the real world’s problems.