Chuck Iffland is a sculptor who 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. He is represented in Port Townsend, WA., by the Simon Mace Gallery.
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 generally explores the psychological nature of the human condition via human form seen from a historical and archeological point of view. The carving aspect of my work is done in the automatic tradition of the surrealists, expressionists, and primitives.
In working I usually start with a carved, molded, or cast cores. It’s done under the shadow of an idea or an emotion that dominates my current state of being. I work with industrial materials in the handmade tradition. I carve stone and wood, cast concrete, and use metal to connect, clad, and define the work.
In the past my work has explored monuments, cages, ancestors, technotopia, violence, lost children, icons, religion, modern/primitive, nature/urban, borders, the forgotten, shelter, abandonment and fear.
My current body of work, “The Western Circus and the Whirling Dervish” deals with the idea that our culture is manipulated and controlled by entertainment and comfort, i.e., “Caesars’ bread and roses,” or the Huxleyian “Brave New World” tradition.