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.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Jeffery A Kiefer

Cast Iron and Ceramic. 14” x 4” x 4”

My work enters a play between two opposing materials; the hard cold iron being supported by warm wood fired porcelain. Inspired by nature’s resiliency to survive and grow through adversary, the smooth organic ceramics both supporting and ripping apart the strong geometric cast iron. Depth and dimension are enhanced by overlapping materials. A unique shadow play is created on the white surface of the ceramics.

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