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Herb Parker
South Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

A dichotomy exists between man's attempt to dominate nature and a subliminal primacy intrinsic in mankind as a component of the natural order. This body of work, which began in the late-seventies, employs an archaic architectonic formalism that establishes a cultural and historical involvement with the landscape.

My nature-based installations speak in a hybrid language from three distinct realms: architecture, sculpture and landscape. The ideas revolve around time, movement, history, culture, community, dialogue, spirituality, entropy and regeneration. The architectonic situations I create have recurring motifs that include; a sanctuary, the labyrinth, the golden ratio, and a place for dialogue.

The duality of corporeal interaction, smells, sound, touch; with the more spiritual, transcendental elements of time and materials serves as an affirmation and an ephemeral memento to the bond between man and nature.

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