About Karpowicz Studios
While an art student in the 1970ís, I was influenced by the theories and practices of Minimalism and Conceptualism which dominated the art world at the moment. Between college and graduate school, I was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes scholarship to the United Kingdom to serve as apprentice to the sole millwright for the governmentís Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. I learned the ancient techniques and craftsmanship of watermill and windmill construction and preservation. As a result of these influences and experiences, my aesthetic is rooted in craftsmanship while being informed by the sublime nature of minimal forms and the layering of history and ideas.
I continue to practice the craft of wood-working and joinery and am especially drawn to the interactions of wind, water, sunlight, and gravity on natural materials. My work is defined by the tension at the point of contact, or joint, and the act of creating this tension. By joining irregular, organic materials (such as wood limbs and granite shards) to machine-tooled geometric shapes of steel, I create sculpture with actual or implied kinetic relationships among the elements and between the sculpture and its environment.
The ways in which disparate materials interact with each other define my life
and my relationship with the world. Oak and granite nesting in congruent harmony, stainless steel orbs spinning within walnut ellipses, granite shards twisting against armatures of steel - these elements are held together through my commitment to materials, history and craftsmanship.
Studied woodworking in England while rebuilding windwills with the last remaining millwright, Jim Davies of R Thompson & Sons, who still prescribed to Old World methods of craftsmanship and attention to detail.