Exhibition Details

Kingsley Parker
Oceans apart

Artist Reception Saturday March 5th 4-6pm

Artist Reception: Saturday, March 5th from 4-6pm 
Thompson Giroux Gallery departs from the group show format this month with Oceans apart, an installation by multimedia artist Kingsley Parker.  The recipient of a Sea Grant from the University of Rhode Island, Parker will take over the entire gallery space with work created especially for this this show, focusing on the current state of Earth’s oceans and how they got that way. 

Parker first began using super tankers as symbols in 1975, and his earlier work often explored the intersection of human desires and manmade systems with forces in the natural world.  For this installation, Parker’s wide-ranging concerns and techniques have been focused on a single, albeit limitless, subject.  Over-fishing, pollution, ever-widening gyres of trash, the plight of coastal communities and traditional ways of life—problems on a scale as vast and incomprehensible as the oceans themselves.


One thing that has always set Parker’s work apart is the way he negotiates the balance between art and message.  Incorporating found objects with his own creations in all kinds of media, he makes strong, arresting pieces that resonate on a purely visual level. Metal screening and electric wire become objects with the same otherworldly beauty as the coral they imitate.  Large pulleys and nets hanging high overhead turn the gallery floor into the ocean floor, while a meticulous miniature fishing village made of cans, wood scraps, and twigs could be destroyed by one flick of a human hand. Playfulness, humor, subtle references, and pointed connections all present themselves; the viewer is invited to engage the work with the same open-minded curiosity as the artist who created it.


Almost everyone has some connection to the ocean or the idea of the ocean, whether practical, emotional, or spiritual. Such great beauty and such great destruction are overwhelming to contemplate.  It’s often the artist, lending hand and eye, who can help us navigate.


Thompson Giroux Gallery

57 Main Street

Chatham, NY 12037



Gallery hours:

Thursday - Monday, 11am - 5pm, Friday 11am - 7pm

Artwork visible from the windows in February.

Gallery closed for the month of February.


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