Ideas behind “Cast Shadows”:

1. The process of casting iron is a fleeting event that leaves residue in different ways. Works submitted address this phenomenon in various way.
2. Artists who utilize cast iron produce “permanent” products in iron not only as work unto itself, but also as document to the event.

3. Iron casting process is connected to a long history of metal art, industry, and human history. Cast iron artworks are in a sense living in the shadows cast by this rich past. As well, contemporary artists are casting their own shadows onto those around and into the future.

4. There is a digital relationship between the curators from Illinois and North Carolina. There is a line like a cast shadow from a sundial that goes back and forth between Denton and Akagawa, two gnomon.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Aaron Earley

Derelict Two
Cast iron, bronze, fabricated steel, aluminum. 24" tall

Over time, the mechanical feats of humans and the innumerable products of nature will each, in their own ways, become derelict and disintegrate into nothing. The infallible forces of nature constantly institute this factor. However, at some phase in their existence there stands a harmonious correlation between the two commodities - for example, the aesthetic of a weathered piece of driftwood, and any rusting fragmented section of a destroyed aircraft fuselage. In my work I use aged man-made materials, natural debris (driftwood), and I modify found objects. Through the use of cast metals, fabricated steel, and the incorporation of found objects, I express their intrinsic similarities by pairing them together in sensual and dynamic forms. In turn, this conjoining of neglected materials creates a language in itself, and echoes an otherworldly but strangely familiar set of objects to the viewer.

No comments:

Post a Comment