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The Sculpture Garden @ OAP: Chuck Iffland

18 Sep

The Sculpture Garden @ OAP: Chuck Iffland

We are so excited to have Chuck Iffland’s sculpture work here at the Old Alcohol Plant. He has several pieces displayed at the property. Some in the main lobby of the hotel and some outside. We invite you to come out and see for yourself.

Chuck Iffland has exhibited in the Northwest and nationally for the past 30 years. Iffland does biomorphic figurative
sculpture out of stone, wood, steel, and concrete.
Influenced by 3 generations of sheet metal craftsmen on one side of the family and painters, writers, and musicians on
the other, sculpture became a natural path for Chuck to take. The contrast between the beautiful countryside of
Pennsylvania and its’ decaying urban industrial cores have been lifelong influences. Major sources of inspiration have
been global travel, the natural world, history, and archeology. He believes that everything an artist experiences informs
his work.

Iffland’s work can be seen in the Northwest at the Wescott Bay Sculpture Park on San Juan Island, Monarch Sculpture
Park in Olympia, Webster Woods at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, and at Mad Monkey Studios in Chimacum.
The sculpture park on the studio grounds is open to the public by appointment. It is a menagerie of sculpture and
installations set in the natural environment. Iffland is available to explain the process, materials, and the sculptural
language of his work.

My work explores the psychological nature of the human condition via human form seen froma historical and
archeological point of view.
In the past my work has explored monuments, cages, technotopia, violence, lost children, icons, religion, modern/
primitive, nature/urban, borders, the forgotten, shelter, abandonment and fear.
For example my body of work, THE WESTERN CIRCUS AND THE WHIRLING DERVISH, references the Roman
concept of Bread and Circus as a way to control the general populous. It dealves into the idea that our culture is
manipulated and controlled by entertainment and comfort, i.e., Caesar’s bread and circus,” or the Huxleyian “Brave New
My last body of work, the HOLLOW MAN AND THE MACHINE, loosely deals with human interaction with machines.
It began with an umbrella idea, sketches and a gathering of wood blocks to carve. From there I carve the wood heads that
are skinned and/or decorated with metal foil and placed on metal bodies.

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