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2024 Ohio Artist Registry Juried Exhibition

Ed Carpenter

Work 1812 NW 24th Ave
Portland OR 97210 United States
Work Phone: 503-224-6729 Website: Ed Carpenter Website


Ed Carpenter is an artist specializing in large-scale public installations ranging from architectural sculpture to infrastructure design.  Since 1973 he has completed scores of projects for public, corporate, and ecclesiastical clients.  Working internationally from his studio in Portland, Oregon, USA, Carpenter collaborates with a variety of expert consultants, sub-contractors, and studio assistants.  He personally oversees every step of each commission, and installs them himself with a crew of long-time helpers, except in the case of the largest objects, such as bridges. While an interest in leveraging the power of each site has been fundamental in all of Carpenter’s work, he also embraces commissions that require new approaches and skills.  This openness has led to increasing variety in his commissions and a wide range of sites and materials.  Recent projects include interior and exterior sculptures, bridges, towers, and gateways.  His use of glass in new configurations, programmed artificial lighting, and unusual tension structures have broken new ground in architectural art. He is known as an eager and open-minded collaborator as well as technical innovator. Carpenter is grandson of a painter/sculptor, and stepson of an architect, in whose office he worked summers as a teenager.  He studied under artists in England and Germany during the early 1970’s.  Information on his projects and a video about his methods can be found at:

Artist Statement

I work from the general to the specific, using methods that are generally deductive rather than inductive.  I respond initially to the physical characteristics of a site—its scale, surroundings, materials, and patterns of use. I try to discover “where is this space asking for special expression?”  and, if so, should it be large or small, foreground or background, colorful or subdued, soft or hard, transparent or opaque, quiet or boisterous, etc.  While wrestling with these dualities, I consider how my work might convey meaning in relation to the users of the space, their history, and their cultural context.   The emergence of metaphor occurs toward the end of my process, at which point I massage my materials and details to emphasize abstractly the themes that have presented themselves during my explorations.  When I have the luxury of public engagement meetings, I embrace what I can learn from local citizens, and I enjoy hearing their responses to my initial ideas.


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