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Monday, February 6, 2017

Parker Barfield, Clemson University BFA in Art Alum, is a Resident Artist at Redux

Parker Barfield, Close Your Eyes and Sleep, 45 x 96, ink, graphite, and charcoal on paper
 
Parker Barfield is a recent BFA graduate from Clemson University [BFA in Art, drawing emphasis, 2016], and is originally from Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Growing up, Parker moved around the country as the son of a Marine Corps Officer. Experiences living among wide array of American landscapes serve as a primary driver for the artist’s work. Once at Clemson, he began to contemplate, understand, and communicate these experiences through art. In his experience landscape serves as a gateway into immaterial, imaginative, fantastical and spiritual aspects of existence. Because landscape is such a strong influence in his life, it is through interaction with the things of the landscape that deeper questions are asked and answered not only by the artist’s cognition, but he suggest that the elements themselves have something to tell him.  
 
Redux Contemporary Art Center (Redux) is a nonprofit organization committed to  fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions, subsidized studio space for visual artists, meaningful education programs, and a multidisciplinary approach to the dialogue between artists and their audiences. Redux offers free year round art exhibitions, artist and curator lecture series, and film screenings, while educating art patrons of all ages through fine art classes and workshops, community outreach, and internship opportunities. Redux is instrumental in presenting new artists to our community through our artist-in-residency program, and our many artist and music performances. In addition, Redux remains a bustling center for contemporary art with 16 private artist studios, and the only community printmaking and darkroom facilities in the lowcountry. 
 
136 St. Philip Street
Charleston, SC 29403 
 
Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 12pm-5pm

Artist's statement: In my work I play out my existential search, born of collective experiences in American landscapes spanning the continental United States. Landscapes and natural objects as both actors and old friends are touchstones, representing my dialectical desire for both familiar and mystifying experiences. I acknowledge my grounded, bound, and potentially comprehensible experience in my local situation, yet am always drawn deeper into immaterial, metaphysical, and spiritual aspects of existence. Because landscape is such a strong influence in my life, it is through interaction with the things of the landscape that deeper questions are asked and answered not only by my own cognition, but I suggest that the elements themselves have something to tell me.
 
 
Parker Barfield, ink, graphite, and charcoal on paper

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