November 15, 2008 – May 17, 2009
Outdoor Sculpture Program
Philadelphia sculptor Barry Parker's work has been inspired by many sources, including folk tales, literature, and travel to such places as Japan and Hungary. In addition to these references to mythology, poetry and culture, the physical process of making his work is central to its meaning. Parker's sculptures are constructed of hammered and formed bronze sheets that are then welded together; "the acts of heating, hammering and welding create a surface that appears aged and stressed," he says. "I allow the welds to remain visible because they can be read almost like scars." Parker was trained at the University of Massachusetts and Eastern Michigan University, and has had more than thirty solo and group exhibits since 1995 in such diverse locales as New York City, Budapest, Tokyo, Hiroshima, and Philadelphia. Since 1980 he has been Professor of Sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and from 1991 to 2001 he was a member of the board of directors of the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, New Jersey.