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.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Juliana Pivato

I want to be alive with you.
Cast Bronze. dimensions variable

For the work, 4 inch high extruded letters cast in bronze are installed on the floor in the window bay of a 7th floor gallery space in Downtown, Chicago. Modest in scale, the bronze letters accord a triangulation with the viewer: a direct address in which the I and the you are dimensional sites transformed by whoever is reading them. The sun is also a participant in the work when the weather permits.  Each day from roughly 2:30pm-5:45pm, the sun comes through the window and creates a trapezoid of light that moves along the floor and eventually envelopes the sculpture.  The light will cause the letters to cast long diagonal shadows such that they mimic the buildings of the cityscape seen through the glass. The shadows locate the words beyond material - in direct conversation with time. Each day when the sun sets behind the office buildings, the sculpture returns to its original scale, becoming once more a sentence only legible from above. 

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