Join us on Friday, November 3rd from 2 to 5pm for an Iron Pour demo, lecture, and event. Fieldwork, the Hunt Gallery show, featuring iron artists from the Western Cast Iron art Alliance, is then opening immediately after from 5:30-8pm. It’s going to be metal!
As one of the oldest sculptural and utilitarian technologies casting in iron has a history that links present art practice with earlier civilizations. Often assumed to have been invented around the 5th century BCE during the Zhou Dynasty of China, recent Western artists working in cast iron are literally and metaphorically involved with a dialogue that crosses millennia and cultures. The exhibiting sculptors included in the Fieldwork exhibition and workshop have found direct ways of linking this ancient technology with aesthetic expression and the realities of contemporary political and social issues. Fieldwork features artists from the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance (WCIAA.org). Their cast iron sculptures will be displayed in Hunt Gallery. On November 3, 2023 these artists will give public lecture/demonstrations of the processes involved in the production of the cast iron artworks culminating with an actual outdoor “Iron Pour” on campus immediately adjacent to the Hunt Gallery. With regard to Fieldwork and the WCIAA, this group of artists produce works and organize iron casting events creating a magnetic field that attracts others. Their interest is to produce an exhibition that embodies this attraction, to display works done in the ever-expanding field of sculpture, and to host an iron casting event that may attract a larger community to the iron casting field.
Participating artists: Ashley Hope Carlisle, Toby Flores, Tom Fox, David Jones, Rian Kerrane, Noah Kirby, David Lobdell, Chris Meyer, Alison Oullette-Kirby, Ted Uran