UPSTATE Gallery on Main presents Herb Parker, Southern Gothic
UPSTATE Gallery on Main, in celebration of the SC Arts Commission 50th Anniversary, is honored to present Southern Gothic, a sculptural installation by Charleston, SC artist and SC Arts Commission fellow Herb Parker. The exhibition opens on January 12 and runs through March 24, 2018. The artist reception will be held on Thursday, February 15, from 5-8 pm during Spartanburg ArtWalk.
In Southern Gothic, Parker explores the nuances and incongruities of modern life through the conjoining of hand-crafted and found objects, which are used to create an assemblage-inspired installation. Surreal and often macabre, Parker’s highly topical works are imbued with a sense of his own history, culture, and philosophies.
“This work reflects the insecurities, fears, and exhilarations of life and has evolved into a discourse on the dichotomies that make life challenging and rewarding,” Parker said. “It is occasionally grotesque with elements of a fatalistic romanticism and dark humor that serves as an absurdist social critique.”
Originally of Elizabeth City, NC, Herb Parker earned his MFA in sculpture from East Carolina University and currently teaches at College of Charleston. Parker has completed artist residencies at the Center for Contemporary Art, ArtPark, Quartz Mountain Nature Park, and Kotakiji Temple, among many others. Parker has also received grants and fellowships from numerous organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, Southern Arts Federation, and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Since 1983, he has created over 60 site-specific installations. For more information about Herb Parker, please visit his website: www.herbparker.us.
The UPSTATE Gallery on Main is the newest addition of the Upstate Carolina University’s three gallery spaces. Located at 172 E. Main Street in Spartanburg, it is a dedicated art space that presents rotating exhibitions of regional and national artists. The gallery also houses and periodically displays the university’s permanent art collection, including works by Andy Warhol, Jerry Uelsmann, Jack Tworkov, and Beatrice Riese. The gallery is primarily staffed by students as part of an ongoing internship program where they learn how to display, research, and promote the work on exhibit in the gallery. It is open to the public five days a week (Tuesday-Saturday) from 12 noon until 5 pm. More about the UGoM can be found on its Facebook page-UPSTATE Gallery on Main or by calling Jane Nodine, Gallery Director at (864)-503-5848.
Jane Nodine, Gallery Director
Mark Flowers, Gallery Coordinator
University of South Carolina Upstate
Visual Arts Center 125
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303