Art@Site Terrence Karpowicz Symbiotic Parralax

Terrence Karpowicz


Symbiotic Parralax

University of Illinois
Terrence Karpowicz studied art when the theories and practices of Minimalism and Conceptualism dominated the art world. In the midst of this, he was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes grant to the United Kingdom.
While there he served as a millwright's apprentice and discovered the beauty and craftsmanship of water and wind mill construction. This understanding of the traditional techniques of joinery and his interest in the interactions of wind, water, and gravity on natural materials remain evident throughout his work.
Karpowicz is particularly drawn to tension at the point of contact, or"joint", between disparate materials. By joining irregular, organic materials (such as wood limbs or granite shards) to machine-tooled geometric shapes of metal, he creates actual or implied kinetic relationships among the elements of the sculpture.

Sculpture Magazine:
'The foundation was laid, the crane was there, everything showed up on time. The piece was lifted up, and it sat exactly the way it was supposed to… It came in sections, we assembled it, and there it was. I saw it for the very first time. It was a great feeling. King of the World for a day…'.
In looking at his other works, it seems he likes the globe type theme of intersecting circles. It is interesting to look through this sculpture in various ways. You can see the nearby"Allele", also waymarked.