The Art of Assemblage - Creations, Creatures and Found Materials

4 - 25 September 2021

BFREE STUDIO at 7857 Girard Avenue will present an exhibition of works by sculptors Max Roemer and Harold Sweet. 


Harold Sweet, who is largely influenced by his woodworker-turned folk artist father, began working with natural elements at an early age. His current work, which he describes as under the banner of Industrial Rustic is rooted in the influences of his rural Maine roots. Sweet has a passion for repurposing a wide variety of materials and likes contrast in textures. Sweet says there is a meditative component to creating his art. He becomes totally immersed in his process and says “hopefully, there is a positive energy transferred to the final owner.”


Max Roemer, an Encinitas resident is well known in his community for what he calls “his life-size, rag tag gang of animals, monks and muses.” Deeply influenced be Henri Matisse, Marcel Duchamp and Alberto Giacometti, Roemer’s sculpture is spontaneous yet deeply intentional. Using scavenged objects from tree waste to old car tires does not mean his pieces are extemporaneous. Each element is carefully selected, studied, and honored as an integral element in the composition.

Press release

BFree Studio is proud to present The Art of Assemblage – Creatures, Creations and Found Materials, a two man show, featuring artists Max Roemer and Harold Sweet.


Roemer and Sweet are a perfect pairing. While their sculptural compositions may differ, their philosophy regarding raw materials used in their art is similar.


Roemer, an Encinitas resident, is well known in his community for what he calls “a life -size, rag tag gang of animals, monks and muses.” Influenced by Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti and Marcel Duchamp, Roemer’s finds objects like old car tires or tree waste and thoughtfully weaves them together as he constructs his large-scale pieces.


Sweet’s work, also created from salvaged objects, is greatly affected by his father’s work as a cabinet maker turned folk artist. His formative years in Maine made him keenly sensitive to working with found wood and contrasting it with metal textures.