Sunday, March 4, 2007

Casting Call - Art involving cast multiples

Yesterday I went to Rule Gallery downtown to see the Yoshitomo Saito exhibition. Rule had a very well installed, minimal presentation of years of Saito's work. I read about the "108 Cranes" exhibition in the Westword write up this week and it was well worth seeing in person. He cast 108 square canvases in bronze, each with a slightly different patina. They were hung all down the left wall of the gallery and along the back - uniformly spaced, well lit, and in line. The exhibition was very peaceful and even meditative.

"108 Cranes" Installation view courtesy of Rule Gallery

In the middle of the gallery floor were several bronze cast wooden boxes, and cast pillows:

Pillow no. 25, 1995, Bronze with patina, 5.5 x 33 x 35 inches.
Pillow no. 13, 1995, Bronze with patina, 10 x 12 x 20 inches.
Pillow no. 20, 1995, Bronze with patina, 5 x 15.5 x 11 inches.

In another exhibition from last month's First Friday the art of Chris Faller involved casting every imaginable container for bottled water. The containers were cast in ceramic and glazed with a simple clear glaze - allowing the white stoneware to unify the presentation. Here is the installation shot from Fireworks Clay Studio.

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