Statement

 

 

    I am drawn to forms that explore humanness as it exists in the imagination. Whether human figures are absent or present, I see an emphasis on humanity as the unifying aspect of my work—humanity as it relates to its inventions, to nature, and to itself.

    I make sculpture because I am interested in engaging people in real-space, real-time interactions. I used to make paintings, but I found that I began painting out the backgrounds. I only wanted a central, single image; and then I wanted it free from the blanked canvas so there would be no distractions and it would be as immediately present to us as possible. I wanted it to really exist—I wanted it to be sculpture.

    I like to work in steel and wood because they are strong materials associated with hand-made objects that have a specific purpose. I think of each sculpture as a kind of tool or toy for creating a dialogue within the viewer. As we move around a sculpture or move it around in our hands, our view of it is constantly changing. It is not a fixed, idealized vision existing out of our reach. Instead, it responds to our movements and perspectives. It is by our exploration of a sculpture that its story reveals itself and we become part of that story.


Bio

 

Torin Porter’s sculptures have been exhibited in New England galleries, in New York City, and in public spaces. His interactive sculpture installations have been featured at many Phish festivals. Growing up, he spent his summers with the Bread and Puppet Theater, and later performed with the MOMIX dance company and the rock band Jane’s Addiction. Porter was selected to attend several Vermont Week artist residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, and has taught sculpture classes at The Carving Studio. Porter received his B.A in Studio Art from Dartmouth College and lives in northern Vermont.


Exhibitions

 

Before Words, (solo show), Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2017

Under Construction. Studio Place Arts, Barre, Vermont, 2017

Spring Visions, Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2017

Winter Group, Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2016

Exposed!, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont, Summer 2016

Astronomer (solo), outside AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, permanent since Summer 2016

Forms of Life (solo show), AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon New Hampshire, 2016

Aviator (solo), Burlington International Airport Entrance, Burlington, Vermont, ongoing since Summer 2015

Strength, Studio Place Arts, Barre, Vermont, 2015

The Waskomium: Where the Art Stops, Amy Tarrant Gallery at the Flynn Center, Burlington, Vermont. 2015

Dartmouth College Alumni in the Arts Biennial Exhibition, Hanover, New Hampshire, 2015

AVA Selections –Work by Twenty Artists, AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, 2013

2 x 2, Studio Place Arts, Barre, Vermont, 2013

Tiny, Jaffe-Friede and Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 2013

Unfamiliar Picnic, Kat Clear and Torin Porter, Goddard Art Gallery, Montpelier, Vermont, 2012-2013

Grounded (solo), outside Cushman Design office, Stowe, Vermont, permanent since 2013

Off the Wall, Studio Place Arts, Barre, Vermont, 2012

Out of this World (solo show),  AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire, 2012

Connected to Vermont, Green + Blue Gallery, Hardwick, Vermont, 2012

Anthrobotanicals (solo show), White Water Gallery, East Hardwick, Vermont, 2011

Exposed!, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont, 2011

Unbound, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, Vermont, 2011

Inaugural Exhibition, Base Camp Gallery, Portland, Maine, 2011

4Play, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York, New York, 2005

SculptFest ’05, The Carving Studio, West Rutland, Vermont, 2005

Escaping the Literal, Studio Place Arts, Barre, Vermont, 2005

Nobody Expects…, T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier, Vermont, 2004

Earth, Water, Air, Tamarack Gallery, East Craftsbury, Vermont, 2003

Red Hot, Studio Place Arts, Barre, Vermont, 2002

Torin Porter & Janet Van Fleet, Tamarack Gallery, East Craftsbury, Vermont, 2002

Ignition, The Firehouse Gallery, Burlington City Arts, Burlington, Vermont, 2001

The Last Frontier (solo show), Metronome, Burlington, Vermont, 2000

Contemporary Metalsmiths ’99, Young and Constantin Gallery, Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, 1999

22 Intangibles: An Exhibit of Time-Related Events, Exquisite Corpse Gallery, Burlington, Vermont, 1999

Buildings, Bugs, and Birds (solo show), The Karl Drerup Gallery, Plymouth College, Plymouth, New Hampshire, 1998

Fish Out of Water (solo show), The Firehouse Gallery, Burlington City Arts, Burlington, Vermont, 1998

Stratton Arts Festival, Stratton Mountain, Vermont, 1998

Senior Fellowship Exhibit (solo show), Jaffe-Friede and Strauss Galleries, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1993