Terrence Karpowicz: The Art of Joinery

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Terrence Karpowicz: The Art of Joinery

The Art of joining conflicting materials – wood, metal and stone – into harmonious shapes and designs!

Terrence Karpowicz is a Chicago-based sculptor whose artwork range in scale from monumental to table top and in materials from wood and stone to metals. His sculptures can be seen scattered all over the city and throughout the country in public and private collections.

Karpowicz specializes in the technique called “joinery”.

But before I elaborate on his art of joinery, here is a brief introduction of the artist…

Terrence Karpowicz was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his B.A. in fine arts from Albion College, MI. He was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to the United Kingdom, serving as Scholar to the Wind and Watermill Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Upon completing his fellowship, Terrence moved to Chicago to establish a sculpture studio and continue his career. Since then, he has received two NEA awards, grants from the Illinois Arts Council, and numerous public and private commissions. Karpowicz has received several commissions for public sculpture from the State of Illinois and his work has been commissioned by the city, state, and federal government to be placed in their public collections.

My earlier posts on Terrence Karpowicz:
Terrence Karpowicz – Figurative Sculptures and The Athlete Series.. click here..
2013: Installation of “Lotus” – by Terrence Karpowicz.. click here..
2010 Studio Visit: begging of my Studio Visit series.. click here..
Sculptures by Terrence Karpowicz.. click here..

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What Goes Around Comes Around - by Terrence Karpowicz

What Goes Around Comes Around – by Terrence Karpowicz

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What Goes Around Comes Around - by Terrence Karpowicz

What Goes Around Comes Around – by Terrence Karpowicz

 

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As mentioned earlier, Karpowicz specializes in the “art of joinery”.  Joinery is a part of woodworking that involves joining together pieces of timber or lumber, to produce more complex designs. Seamless joinery is one of the hallmarks of a true craftsman.

But Karpowicz joins incompatible materials – like metal, stone and wood – to work in complete harmony, making aesthetically pleasing shapes and forms of sculptures.

Joining materials with conflicting characteristics requires deep knowledge of the nature of the materials. For example stone, metal and wood would expand and contract differently in summer and winter. So integrating them together requires intimate knowledge of the properties and a very special skill set! He is especially drawn to the interactions of wind, water, sunlight, and gravity on natural materials.

Karpowicz’s  art of joining of incompatible materials,  finds a parallel in his life. A tragic accident that changed his life forever, and found expression in his art of joinery.

In 1975 Karpowicz was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to the United Kingdom, serving as Scholar to the Wind and Watermill Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, to study the technical and mechanical aspects of the country’s medieval wind and watermills.  After being awarded the Fulbright, and less than a year after starting his research in England, tragedy struck. Karpowicz was in a motorcycle accident and had to have his right leg amputated. He got fitted with prosthetic limb. “I was 27 when the accident happened. Once those things happened, I started to rediscover my life as an amputee.” He continued to make sculptures, at first on a smaller scale, but then he continued to enlarge the size of his sculptures. His own experience with prosthetic legs, how metal works with his body, inspired him to pursue the technique of “joinery”, where he joins conflicting materials – metals, stone and wood – to produce beautiful work of art, which are enduring in nature.

Karpowicz story is one of converting personal tragedy into creative art.

 

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Studio Visit: Terrence Karpowicz

Studio Visit: Terrence Karpowicz

 

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Above image taken at Karpowicz studio,  is just a small sample of many such small scale sculptures which reflects his art of joinery. Each of these beautiful table top sculptures,  has the potential of being made into a large scale piece of art! I was very interested in finding sculptures where stone metal and wood were joined together. I did find a few..

 

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Studio Visit: Terrence Karpowicz

Art of Joinery: Terrence Karpowicz / Wood, stone and metal.

 

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Studio Visit: Terrence Karpowicz

Art of Joinery: Terrence Karpowicz / Wood, stone and metal.

 

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Studio Visit: Terrence Karpowicz

Art of Joinery : Terrence Karpowicz

 

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Some More Images

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Studio Visit: Terrence Karpowicz

Terrence Karpowicz’s Art of Joinery

 

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Studio Visit: Terrence Karpowicz

Terrence Karpowicz’s Art of Joinery

 

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Mount - by Terrence Karpowicz

Mount – by Terrence Karpowicz

 

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Symbiotic Parralax [1997] – by Terrence Karpowicz

Symbiotic Parralax [1997] – by Terrence Karpowicz

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Concurrence [1999] – by By Terrence Karpowitz

Concurrence [1999] – by By Terrence Karpowitz

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Earth’s Psyche – by Terrence Karpowic

Earth’s Psyche – by Terrence Karpowic

 

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Art Ark [1981, refabricated 2006]– by Terry Karpowicz

Art Ark [1981, refabricated 2006]– by Terry Karpowicz

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Published by Jyoti Srivastava
Image copyright © Jyoti Srivastava

 


 

RELATED LINKS:
Studio Visits: click here..
Know the Artists series.. click here..

My earlier posts on Terrence Karpowicz:
Terrence Karpowicz – Figurative Sculptures and The Athlete Series.. click here..
2013: Installation of “Lotus” – by Terrence Karpowicz.. click here..
2010 Studio Visit: begging of my Studio Visit series.. click here..
Sculptures by Terrence Karpowicz.. click here..

 


 

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3 Comments to “Terrence Karpowicz: The Art of Joinery”

  1. Terrific article. Love Terry Karpowicz’s work! Please take a couple steps away from the cover sculpture so we can see that one too!

    • Terry’s story is inspiring on more than one level. He completed an undergrad internship in NYC. During that internship, while unloading sculptures for an exhibit, he was hit with the inspiration to become a sculptor. After returning to Albion College to finish his BA, he went on to graduate school, and won a Fulbright scholarship to study windmills in Europe, and thus learn techniques for incorporating motion into sculpture. His motorcycle accident was a major, life-changing event, but did not deter him from accomplishing his goal. Furthermore, his success as a Chicago-based sculptor has not been totally self-absorbed. He actively promotes the arts in Chicago, and serves as mentor to other area artists.

  2. Hi Diane!
    I so much agree with you when you say…
    “He actively promotes the arts in Chicago, and serves as mentor to other area artists.”
    YES!!!
    I feel this article needs more elaboration. Whenever I get time…
    btw, I have added image of the sculpture, Terrence is standing in front of.
    Thanks! Your comment is much appreciated!

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