CMC hosts artist Charles Parson for slide show, gallery exhibit
Contemporary artist Charles Parson, whose work is on display at Colorado Mountain College’s gallery in downtown Glenwood Springs, presents a slide show and book signing for “The Sanctuary of the Moment.”His free talk takes place at the gallery, on the corner of Grand Avenue and Ninth Street, from 7-8:30 p.m. today.
Parson’s show provides glimpses into his style, evolving over nearly 45 years and encompassing such diverse forms as sculpture, drawing, prints and large indoor and outdoor installations at public sites.Senior chair of the visual arts department at the Community College of Denver, Parson has designed and produced exhibits for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and is an affiliate of the graduate arts department of Denver’s Regis University. His award-winning work has been displayed nationally and he has held more than 50 one-man exhibitions.
The unifying concept in Parson’s work is connection. A constructivist, he uses industrial materials to fashion statements about society’s industrial, technological and architectural expressions as they relate to the organic world.”The sensibility of the ‘new West’ has permeated my work. My response to the expansive space of the West is typically represented with strong or implied horizon lines, interrupted by visual statements representing the place of the individual,” Parson said. “The search for a sense of place, so often present in my work, emanates from my own personal experiences.”
His diverse work experiences – he has been a professional musician, carpenter, steelworker, garbage collector, theater set designer and a worker for a foundry, slaughterhouse and amusement park – have helped to shape his perspective as an artist.Parson’s work is on display through Sept. 27. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment at 947-9387.
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