Musicians and other artists are familiar with the idea that everyone “pays their dues” by working hard before enjoying success. The Paying Your Dues/Fame Stage peripatetic performance requires a pair of musicians: one pedals the bicycle for a timed 15-minute shift while the other performs an acoustic set of music, then the roles are reversed for another 15 minutes so that each participant gets equal time working and playing.
Allen Peterson was born in Gadsden, Alabama. He immersed himself in the foundry process at the Metal Arts program of Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama. He completed his Master’s degree in Sculpture from the University of Minnesota. After grad school, Allen Peterson taught sculpture at several colleges and universities before accepting his current position as Professor of Sculpture at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s campus in Atlanta. His work has been shown throughout the United States, as well as internationally. Peterson explores themes of system and community in his work, in which individual elements often combine to form structures based on interrelationships, and performance blurs the line between labor, system, and ritual.