Peer Cassebaum exhibits his work at La Galería Pérgola
By Susan Santiago
Peer Cassebaum is currently participating in a three-person exhibition, entitled “Fragmentos,” at La Galeria Pergola in the Instituto Allende. The exhibit, which opened on February 16 and continues until March 17, also features artists Michael Cassidy and Marcia Webster Abrosimova. The work of each artist in this exhibit focuses on a specific theme, and Peer’s theme is “Slash and Burn.”
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Peer, who works as an architect, sculptor and photographer, earned a BA in engineering and a MA in architecture at the University of Darmstadt. Upon graduation, he began working as a photographer and teacher at his alma mater. While teaching, he continued his studies in fine arts and soon began taking several classes with Floriano Bodini and Ariel Auslender. During this time he experimented with different media, such as clay, wood and bronze.
Cassebaum came to San Miguel from Hamlen, Germany, in 2002 and he sees a great deal of similarity between the two places, in that they are both havens for artists. While his skill as an architect has enabled him to support his family, he views his sculptures as an ongoing continuum of his artistic vision.
He vividly remembers his first seminal experience with sculpture. When he was nine years old, he saw the Venus of Willendorf, a very small but iconic image in art history. He was amazed not only by the date of the piece, 25,000 BCE, but also by the fact this small sculpture was clear evidence that the human desire to create had existed for thousands of years.
Cassebaum believes that his work as a sculptor presents him with a greater and more challenging venue to express himself. By working in three dimensions he is forever conscious about how his pieces interact within the surrounding space. His goal is the simplification and abstraction of the forms, which allow him to focus on the essence of his subjects. He enjoys working with the different sculptural media and is fascinated by the responses he receives from the variety of his pieces.
He looks forward to continuing his exploration in sculpture and hopes that the San Miguel community will take the opportunity to view his work that is currently on display.