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.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Austin Sheppard

British Invasion
Iron, sand, wood (documentation of performance). dimensions variable

This piece is documentation of a reaction mold called British Invasion, performed in Salem, NY in 2009. The documentation consists of two parts: a still photo of the reaction itself and the resulting casting from the mold. Both are intended as evidence of the temporal act of creation morphing into a permanent resulting object. British Invasion itself was a highly experimental mold, consisting of a four-part, bottom-fed and direct-carved sand mold with a wooden core. The image of the event captures not only the feel of the moment, but of the entire event (a symposium and pour) itself.

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