Out of the Woods – Sculpture by Charles Parkhill featured new large and medium-scale work created for the exhibit. Parkhill has recently shown work in the Florida Biennial V, Museum of Florida Art in Deland, and had a solo show in 2009 at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center. Parkhill’s work is included in several permanent collections, in addition to the Polk Museum of Art, the Poynter Institute, and is currently on view at the Leepa-Rattner Museum, as part of A Modern Legacy: Contemporary Art from the Gulf Coast Museum Collection.
On sculpture, Parkhill states: “Traditionally, sculpture is made by removing material from a block of wood or stone, or by modeling clay or wax. My method of working usually starts by adding material such as wood or metal. It is a building process much like an architect constructs a house. Once I have some sort of form established, I may add more or remove some material. It depends where the particular piece leads me.”
On materials: “I choose wood salvaged from older buildings that are under renovation as my primary working medium. In selecting the wood from which to construct a work, I prefer salvaged material because it has a patina of its own making. The color, grain, old paint, dents, scratches, and nail holes give the surface a character and history that is incorporated into the look and feel of the work.”
Charles Parkhill has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Utah and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida. He has twice been awarded a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.
For additional information on the artist, visit www.charlesparkhill.com.
Article Written By: Dale Mabry Campus Staff.