Terrence Karpowicz

Terrence Karpowicz
Terrence Karpowicz
(b. 1948, Cleveland, OH) received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Albion College in Michigan and then moved to New York City to pursue his career as an artist.
Elizabeth’s Psyche, Terrence Karpowicz - Embedded
Elizabeth’s Psyche
Steel, Granite and Marble
60” x 14” x 20”
2005
Cocoon (Square) - Embedded
Cocoon (Square)
Pigment, Cloth & Wood
16” X 13” X 11”
Cocoon (Round), Terrence Karpowicz - Embedded
Cocoon (Square)
Pigment, Cloth & Wood
16” X 13” X 11”
BIO
Terrence Karpowicz (b. 1948, Cleveland, OH) received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Albion College in Michigan and then moved to New York City to pursue his career as an artist. In 1972, he became inspired to sculpt after assisting disabled artist Mark di Suvero with an installation.

After a distinguished study at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana in the graduate program in sculpture, Karpowicz was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to the United Kingdom, where he served as Scholar to the Wind and Watermill Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. He moved to Chicago in 1976; since then, he has received two National Endowment for the Arts awards, grants from the Illinois Arts Council, and numerous public and private commissions. He has exhibited in the Soviet Union and throughout the United States and Europe, and has received seven commissions for public sculpture from the State of Illinois. His work is held in collections of the City of Chicago, Oklahoma City, and the U.S. General Services Administration.

THE ART
Karpowicz works in the heaviest and lightest of materials. His interest in precision, balance, and fine craftsmanship underpins work as massive as “Elizabeth’s Psyche” and as light as the “Cocoons”. “Elizabeth’s Psyche” plays highly finished surfaces against rough materials for a pleasing tension. The “Cocoons” are illusions—they look like bronze, caught halfway between pure geometry and mutating biology. In truth, they are made of cloth stretched over a wooden frame. The cloth is coated in metalized pigment that makes the forms look quite massive.

Karpowicz’s work revolves around his ability to create effects through refined material knowledge. This knowledge has been intensified by his daily life with a prosthetic leg, a result of a traffic accident. Karpowicz has said that dealing with the meticulous requirements of a prosthetic has heightened his appreciation for exquisite and intelligent design.