|Work by Charles Parkhill|
Standing in HCC Dale Mabry's Gallery 221, surrounded by Charles Parkhill's wooden sculptures, he and I talked about titles and how easy it is for them to become restrictive and narrow the possible range of potential interpretations of a work. Parkhill takes this seriously, making sure they leave his elegant sculptures room to breathe in the viewer's mind. One of the sculptures in the show was untitled, and viewers could suggest names for it.
|Charles Parkhill, "Vestige"|
On the left is "Vestige". About four feet tall, it is an abstract sculpture, like all of Parkhill's work. A long, slender triangular form, coming to an edge at the bottom, and widening a bit toward the top, which has a cross brace and a back to it. It can be read as narrowing, almost disappearing, or emerging, widening at the top. Like several other of the sculptures in the show it has a palpable music-like resonance.
|Works by Charles Parkhill|
|Charles Parkhill, "Bella"|
|"Bella", top view.|
|Small and large "Bella".|
One of the things I like about HCC Dale Mabry's Gallery 221 is that the artists usually give a talk and there is a question-and-answer session afterwards. A student brought up this work, titled "Angel Wings". Here the title appears to pin down the work, but does it? First, it is very minimal and abstract. To me, it is an ascendant, poetic form with delicate edges.
If I look at it literally as Angel Wings, they seem to be hanging from an invisible hook or nail. They remind me of the movie "Wings of Desire", where an angel gives up his wings and job out of love for humans and one particular woman.
Congratulations to Charles Parkhill, Kathy Gibson and HCC Dale Mabry Student Government for a very good show.