In June 2014 The Pedvale Open-Air Art Museum in Latvia hosted the 7th International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art. It is a globally important academic event that, among other things, enables contemporary artists in the field to work together and to contribute their ideas to the discussion about the influence of the sculptural iron casting on contemporary art and landscape transformation. One of the permanent exhibits will be constructed on-site, drawing an inspiration from a Japanese land art movement Mono-Ha, by a sculptor born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Daniel Postellon.
For Postellon, the sources of creativity are innumerable: cosmic events, art movements, science, history, geography, religion, works of other artists. His work is thoroughly premeditated, it is informed, and in its attempt at representation it becomes metaphorical, layered. The very act of combining natural and artificial materials enables him to draw from the position of humans as part of the nature, but also to make a statement on their relative separateness as brought about by their transformation of natural resources. Collaborating with other artists, experimenting with techniques (e.g. making iron casts from origami or bubble wraps) and fusing traditions that are often thousands of years apart makes his otherwise contextually-bound wooden carvings and iron casts escape the constraints of time and place.
I am sharing with you several of my favorite pieces whose execution shows the artist’s contemporary awareness of the movements long past.