Whether Michael Guadagno is creating a sculpture or founding a school and gallery, the process is the same.
“You tap into your inner self,” said Guadagno. “And that’s really very simple.”
That’s what he teaches his students, and that’s how he got the idea for the Barn Workshop Gallery on Maple Street in Danvers, which will host a 40th anniversary sculpture show starting June 23.
“The concept was in my head of a studio and gallery,” he said. “That’s been a 40-years process. We had to do a lot of work, interior and exterior.”
The exhibit will feature sculptures by Guadagno and 28 other sculptors he has invited and will be held partly on the grounds around the Barn Workshop and inside its gallery.
An equal number of works will also be displayed inside and on the lawn surrounding the Peabody Institute Library at Danvers.
“I wanted to have a great mix of abstract and representation, but I wanted to have very good quality work, in terms of people that have national and international exposure,” Guadagno said. “I want to have people that have (the) structural quality I’m looking for, structural composition, aesthetics. That’s an overriding theme with me.”
The creative process draws from many different sources, Guadagno said, but the best ideas ultimately come from nature.
“Nature is a wonderful resource for imagery, concepts, ideas,” he said.
Nature also provides the best examples of how things should be put together, so that they will communicate with students and viewers.
“Nature is a great teacher for aesthetics,” Guadagno said. “Everything in nature is very balanced, very structured, and it’s natural, so we respond to that. The language of aesthetics is communicated in all of us.”
The traditional language of aesthetics includes basic elements such as composition, color, arrangement, contrast and balance, he said.