Sculptor Featured at Gallery

Sculpture from Michael Darling's Gallery Show

The University of Redlands will welcome sculpture artist Michael Darling and his debut show, “Mine: I have something to show you” at the Peppers Art Gallery Jan. 7-30. The public is invited to meet Darling at the show’s opening reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Jan. 9.

Graduating from the Pacific Northwest College of Art with a degree in sculpture and printmaking, Darling has spent 16 years working as a scene designer, technical director and fabricator in themed entertainment and theater. Throughout the last 10 years he has been working on a series of sculptures. He has assembled these pieces by using wood and objects from abandoned factories.

Darling has worked in the Holland Festival and the Sydney Theatre Festival and on productions in Los Angeles and New York. Since 2003, he has been a member of the faculty and the head of technical direction at the California Institute of the Arts School of Theatre.

When creating his sculptures Darling says he faces the dichotomy of working in a world that can require structure and planning while he tries to create something more organic.

“When I first started making sculpture I was trained to conceptualize it. To me it was more organic - (to) go at it without knowing what the end result was going to be,” Darling said. His sculptures are heavily engineered, he said, and he tends to build on them until they become too large. His work doesn’t have a definite end.

His show includes three free-standing pieces, four wall pieces and one painting.

The Peppers Art Gallery is open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

Thurber, an English bulldog, is the University's mascot.

He is named after Clarence Howe Thurber, University president from 1933-37.

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