Mark Zirpel: Celestial/Terrestrial

Time, tides and lunar phenomena are all interwoven into Mark Zirpel’s Celestial/Terrestrial, an exploration into the cyclical nature of the natural world presented at The Bullseye Connection Gallery, November 2, 2004 – January 29, 2005.

Portland, OR –The Bullseye Connection Gallery presents Mark Zirpel’s Celestial/Terrestrial, an exhibition of kilnformed glass, installations, and interactive sculpture on view November 2, 2004 – January 29, 2005.

“The movement of water as a means of measuring time is a subject I’ve explored in a series of sculptures that employ dripping, siphoning and pumping of water to refer to the passage of time,” says Zirpel. “Increasing the scale of the bodies of water to that of oceans led me to consider the motions of tides and their relationship to celestial mechanics.”

Zirpel’s work begins with animal, marine, tidal and planetary imagery. His sculptures often marry these themes to the cyclical nature of time and the relationships and tensions between heaven and earth, sea and sand, time and tides. In closely examining the natural world and it’s cyclical elements, Zirpel’s sculptures relate a reverent awe mixed with a scientist’s careful, documented curiosity. His works in glass are especially mindful of this dichotomy, pairing the rough, sand-like frit of lunar surfaces with smooth, fluid shapes that speak of water and the passage of light and time.

Zirpel is a Wheaton Fellowship recipient for 2004. He lives and works in the Seattle area, where he runs ACME Art, a printmaking, photography and sculpture studio.

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formattingDownload:   Mark Zirpel October 7, 2004

October 7, 2004