Cast Sculpture

Oct 3rd - Oct 26th, 2008

Cast Sculpture is a group exhibition that focuses on artists who employ the slip casting technique in the creation of their work. Slip casting is a production method that employs the use of liquid clay (slip) and plaster molds. The clay, when poured into the interior of a plaster mold is allowed to form a layer, the clay particles building up on the sides of the mold as the plaster draws the excess moisture from the clay. The longer the slip is left in the mold, the thicker the casting will be. Upon reaching the desired thickness, the excess slip is emptied and the plaster mold continues to draw moisture out of the slip. As this process occurs, the cast object shrinks and pulls away from the sides of the molds. The cast object is then removed from the mold, allowed to dry completely, and is then bisque fired. Glaze is then applied to the bisque object and the object is fired once again. The piece is now finished.

Slip casting was historically used primarily in industry for the mass-production of ceramic objects, both small sculptural objects (table top figurines) and tableware. Small ateliers, for the small-scale production of these objects, also used it. Within recent years artists in their individual studio practices have used the technique increasingly.

Some Artists within this exhibition, have sculpted their own original models, made molds of those models and then cast them. Others have taken molds off of existing objects, or in some cases have used molds made for the hobby market, appropriating those objects and redefining the context in which they are viewed. Each in their own way continues to add to the possible uses of this technique in the creation of contemporary work.

The artists included in this exhibition are Barry Bartlett, Dylan Beck, Chad Curtis, Oona Gardner, Charles Krafft, Nicholas Kripal, Thomas Muller, Joseph Page.