WVU Sculpture: steel wire-frame

Steel Wire-frame

My 226 Sculpture class finished up their steel wire-frame pieces this week, and had some successful work to show.  This was the first time that most of them had operated the metal working equipment in our shop, and most had never touched a welder or a torch before.  Thanks to Wilson Works for donating steel and knowledge to our program, they continue to help foster a strong metal arts department.  Here is the project outline to see what the guidelines were for the students.

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WVU Aluminum Pour

Aluminum Casting

The Advanced Sculpture students at WVU, led by faculty member Dylan Collins, fired up the foundry today and poured aluminum.  They used a plaster-silica mold system that encases wax positives, then are burned out, leaving negative spaces filled by the hot metal.  These molds will need to cool for a day, then they can be broken open and cleaned up.

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Queasy Reality

Check out the work of PK Cascio, MFA candidate at George Mason University.  QR technology, or QR Code
// is a matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code), readable by QR scanners, mobile phones with a camera, and smartphones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on white background. The information encoded can be text, URL or other data. If you have a QR scanner on your mobile device, use it… if not, most pieces have links directly to the video work.  Scan and watch the remix of the Beastie’s “root down”. Additional work can be found here


Foundations: 3D self portraits

Contour Wire Sculpture

The second project the 3D Foundations students at Fairmont State had to tackle was translating contour line drawings into a three dimensional form.  The format is loosely based off of the wire sculpture of Michael Murphy, a contemporary artist based in Georgia.  Thanks to Dylan Collins and Jason Lee at WVU for this project, great way for beginning students to investigate contour line principles.

project PDF

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National Casting Center Foundry

Alfred Metal Casting

The National Casting Center Foundry blog is the online presence of the Metal Casting program at Alfred University.  As a product of the AU Sculpture and Foundry department, this place has a special spot in my heart.  There are some great links and images, artist opportunities, and all around general info on a thriving academic metal casting program.   For those AU grads/alums out there, especially those from the Fine Arts division, check it out-