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PETER KRSKO: ARBORIA

This series has been developed as a commentary on the relationship between humans and flora, namely trees. In today society, after the trees are harvested, they are cut up into straight sterile dimensional lumber, mostly for the construction industry. Tons of this lumber ends up in the landfills. Originally, Krsko recovered this refuse, ripped it into thin strips and created forms that mimic the former organic forms, thus completing the cycles of life and death.

Xylemxyl XYLEMXYL

2018
Ableman's Gorge in Rock Springs, WI
Commissioned by Wormfarm Institute for Art/Farm DTour 2018

Para Z PARA Z

2018
Highland Park, Chicago IL
Commissioned by Chicago Sculpture International and Chicago Department of Parks

This installation consists of the old majestic tree and the pre-fabricated modules. The modules are also made of wood, but the contrast with the tree is striking. The tree is an old, weathered witness to the immediate life on this street. Its trunk is hard and heavy. The modules represent the modern manufacturing and fabrication methods. They are stream-lined, sterile, straight, light and soft. There are many of them and they are repeating. The tree may be dead but it is still a functional member of the local urban ecosystem. When its branches were cut off, it became less inviting to the birds. It is harder for them to sit on it, to nest on it, to be protected by it. However, immediately after the pre-fabricated modules were installed, the birds took a new interest in the tree. They came back. It is not easy to determine whether the modules are a parasitic component of the installation, or if a mutualistic symbiosis was created, when they became the new branches.

Botany BOTANY

2017
University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Sponsored by the Division of the Arts, UW Madison


Nostos G(laukos) NOSTOS G(LAUKOS)

2018
Eaux Claires Festival, Eau Claire, WI


Nostos K(yanous) NOSTOS K(YANOUS)

2018
Eaux Claires Festival, Eau Claire, WI


Astron ASTRON

2018
Collaboration with Nathan "SLOKE ONE" Nordstrom
Longview Neighborhood Park and Edward Rendon Sr Park in Austin, TX
Commissioned by Cultural Arts Division Austin for TEMPO 2018

Growth GROWTH

2017
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
Sponsored by the Divison of the Arts, UW Madison and Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Sylvan Chapel SYLVAN CHAPEL

2014
Reedsburg, WI
Commissioned by the Wormfarm Institute for Art/Farm DTour 2014

Converge CHORUS CIRCULUS

2018
Studio 39, Annapolis, MD
Commissioned by Anne Arundel County Public Schools

The high school students collaborated with artist Peter Krsko, who studies nature and shares his findings through art projects. The installation in Annapolis is intended to be a unique environment inviting the viewers to walk in and contemplate the organic geometry and their relationship with the living surroundings. This form of bioinspired art is strongly connected to science and engineering. The form emerges from the basic characteristic of the material that the students are working with. Pine lath is a traditional building material for creating plaster walls. However, the strength comes from its elasticity that is inherited from the trees they were milled from. Krsko recovers unwanted lumber from construction sites, cuts it into thin slats and returns it back into its original organic form. Besides assisting in the fabrication process, the students also explored the world of science and new methods used for seeing nature in a completely new way. Krsko hopes to ignite passion for studying nature, questioning everything, and realizing the strong relationship our society has with the living environment around us.

Apoptosis APOPTOSIS

2015
The Fridge Gallery, Washington, DC
Solo Exhibit

"In biological apoptosis, parts of an organism perish so the whole can achieve optimal form. But what preceded Krsko’s work was not, of course, a natural process. Trees were felled, stripped of bark and sliced into rectangular planks. The Slovakia-bred artist restores something of their previous existence to these unfinished boards by assembling them into structures that twist, taper and climb. Krsko has constructed similar pieces outdoors, attaching lengths of vertically curving wood to living trees. By bringing the technique inside, he emphasizes his sculpture’s architectural aspects. The effect is part forest, part wooden cathedral." - Mark Jenkins, The Washington Post

Para PARA

2018
Stevens Point, WI
Commissioned by Stevens Point Sculpture Park

Cohesion Tension COHESION TENSION

Collaboration with Katie Schofield
2017
The City Park, Reedsburg, WI
Commissioned by the Division of the Arts, UW Madison

Zoethica W ZOETHICA W

2017
Wollen Mill Gallery, Reedsburg, WI
Commissioned by the Division of the Arts, UW Madison

Studio 39 ENDO X EXO

2016
Studio 39, Annapolis, MD
Commissioned by Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Beams BEAMS

2015
Catylator, Silver Spring, MD

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