December 19, 1961 |
New York City, United States
He currently works in Trenton, New Jersey at his workshop on 220 Allen Street where he creates functional artwork, furnishings, and figures from wire rope. He is founder and proprietor of the Trenton Atelier - a grass-roots, volunteer community artists organization.
Current projects include Firebowls, Be Home Now, Firedirt, and other functional recycled art and products.
The B Home
The B Home is a sculpture designed by artists Peter Abrams and Graham Apgar. An example of biomimicry, the B Home derives inspiration from the key building block of a beehive, efficiently enclosing space with a hexagonal lattice. A single unit of the home is located at the D&R Greenway just south of the Johnson Education Center. Separate units at the greenway, which will function as outdoor gazebos are being built using sustainable, upcycled materials such as shipping pallets, bamboo, and adobe.
As the hexagon-shaped modules of the B Home are stacked, they begin to resemble the honeycomb of a beehive, and could potentially be used shelters, perhaps in disaster relief situations. As bees know, the hexagonal design allows for more enclosed space using less materials energy. Together, the units would form strong, interconnected structures.
The Trenton Atelier was an artist workshop and community institution located at 220 Allen St. in Trenton, NJ. Founded by Peter Abrams in 1999 and utilized by artists and community members, the Trenton Atelier proved itself a positive force in a city known for its negativity and post-industrial malaise. With its open doors policy, loud music, live painting, experimental bike-building as well as sculptural and furniture production, the Trenton Atelier attracted many neighborhood kids as well as local and national artists. More than just an artist workshop, the facility also housed a garden, kitchen and a local chef whose soul food menu provided fresh nourishment to artists and community members. A diverse and eclectic institution, the Trenton Atelier acted as an independent source of community education and empowerment.
Trentonian METALHEADS - November 22, 2010 'Pete Abrams, the founder and proprietor of Trenton's Modern Metal Work and the Trenton Atelier' http://www.trentonian.com/articles/2010/11/22/business/doc4ce687cea64a9268798527.txt
Trentonian Trenton Atelier's Pete Abrams says 'Let's just do something' - July 3, 2010 http://www.trentonian.com/articles/2010/07/03/news/doc4c3004cf3d451023944393.txt
Trenton Downtowner One man's trash is another's art colony - June 2009 "Artist Pete Abrams has a bold plan to transform an industrial ruin into an artistic haven"
The Times Brave New Weld - Thursday January 25, 2001 "Once a mainstay of Trenton's industrial might, wire rope now figures in the furnishings Peter Abrams creates at Modern Metal Work."