Gas up the car and program the GPS for Bucks County. Hudson artist Lee Musselman, known for his quirky sculptural assemblages made primarily from salvaged and usually incongruous materials, is having an exhibition of his work at Sidetracks Art Gallery in New Hope, PA, and the opening reception is Saturday, April 13, from 5 to 8 p.m.
In 2008, Alfred Corn, writing for Art in America, described Musselman's work in this way: "Musselman's sculptural assemblages were nearly all effigies, incorporating the heads and limbs of old commercial dolls or mannequins, to which he attached beadwork, woven telephone wire, buttons, toys, farm implements, antlers and faded memorabilia--with results that are by turns unsettling, surrealistic and camp. Musselman thinks of his figures as 'spirit guides,' assigning a protective role to them, as evidenced by the mallets, shovels and pitchforks that often serve as their legs or arms. The crazy-quilt incongruity of these assemblages . . . aims not at social satire but rather at psychological investigation."