In this write up I chose to write about the Fredrick Nelson Gallery, and the artist that are accompanying it. Many of the works in the gallery were interesting and thought provoking. The gallery showcased multiple artists exhibiting their work, only a few of which I will be talking about. While the artists displayed here are quite different, they all have one thing in common, that is their passion, love, and ability to work with cast iron. This exhibition was centered around cast iron, so naturally the artists included in this write up have worked with it, have a deep understanding of this medium, and present these works in this gallery.
PyroDrawing: Double Halo
28” x 38” x 1” 2012
Cynthia Handel was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She obtained her Masters of Fine art from San Jose State University. She has taught in several Universities, and also taught at Louisiana State University from 1999 to 2003.
Handel’s work is intriguing because it is two different arts, but yet they are the same. Although I am not quite sure how they were created, or how one affected the other, it is still obvious that they are two separate works that have been created so that one appears to have had an impact on the other in some way.
“World 3: Princess Rules”
Aluminum, Plaster, Solder, Epoxy, Paint
21” x 20” x 25”
Elizabeth Helfer developed a love for sculpture early on in her career, especially when working with modeling clay and paper. She graduated from Alfred University in 2010, and has been working, teaching, and speaking at conferences while creating wonderful works of art. In 2014 Helfer is going to be making her first permanent international sculpture as part of the Iron Stone in Pedivale, Latvia.
“World 3, Princess Rules” is an exploration of the spaces we carry with us. In a uniquely feminine perspective, each level of this world houses an object that holds us or the items around us” (Elizabeth Helfer).
“World 3: Princess Rules” is a beautiful work of art, and it is even more beautiful knowing that the artist had a clear understanding of what she wanted this art to mean. Not only that, but she was able to relate it to herself. Being a woman, Helfer knows exactly what women hold dear and what they go through, which in turn, made for a very interesting work.
Made in England (appropriated from China)
Each 11” x 8” x4”
Coles graduated from Alfred University in May 2012, with an MFA in sculpture. He was born in United Kingdom; it was only through a series of conferences about cast iron that led him to Alfred University. After completing his degree at Alfred, Coles moved on to other schools where he furthered his education. He now resides in England, where he runs a fine art foundry, called Coles Casting.
This work talks about the free market and how it has led to a commoditization of the object/relic and symbolism that the object is charged with; Halloween masks are perfect for showing how we as a culture have taken other cultures iconographies and exploited them.
Cast iron is a wonderful medium to use if you know how to use it. Art works that come out of working with it can be beautiful and have a unique quality to them that an artist could not create using any other medium.