Rodney Carroll, photo by Nadra Carroll
For Rodney Carroll, installing sculpture in Virginia is not only an artistic affirmation, it’s also an occasion for homecoming, for he was born and raised in the state. After completing undergraduate work in Virginia, he attended the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute College of Art, and he has lived in Maryland ever since.
While some of Carroll’s work is figurative, his signature pieces are abstract. His works with lines and shapes, arranging metals and spaces into permanent, monumental public displays, but all the while he’s exploring territory that is intangible, internal, often impermanent: human relationships. In his artist’s statement, he explains that a sculpture “may represent flight, dance, music, or architecture, focusing on how we move through space. Or, the sculpture describes a physiological moment in time as awareness and readiness. There are also bending parallel planes passing each other, pushing and pulling the surrounding space reflecting human internal and external relationships. Each element in the sculpture has a specific meaning and relationship to the other elements in the sculpture to complete the poem.”
Carroll maintains a busy schedule of commissions, installations and exhibitions. His work can be found at colleges, corporate and government facilities, cultural centers and other public places and in private collections. While many of his pieces are in Maryland and Virginia, his work is also on exhibit in North Carolina, New Jersey, Florida, New York, South Carolina, Ohio and Washington.
Carroll's’s website: rodneycarroll.com
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The Newport News Public Art Foundation is grateful for the support of the Virginia Commission for the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts