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.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Jonathan Burger

Cast iron and cast bronze. 6” x 6” x 6”

The piece Intertwining addresses the concept of interacting forces, the way two forces meet and affect each other. The piece was made via vaporization mold, the cast iron and bronze igniting and replacing the impermanent foam with more lasting metal within the mold. The core is formed of cast iron, a ferrous mass that carries visual weight with it. The bronze, poured second around the piece, was affected by the presence of cast iron, causing cold shuts in it. The idea of duality and interaction of forces goes back far into the history of humankind, as far as the casting process at least, and the development of highly complex philosophical concepts was only made possible by the technological advances of the casting process.

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