CINCH by Rian Kerrane


Celebrating ten years in iron by installation artist Rian Kerrane

Janaury 22 - February 27, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, January 22, 6-9pm

Also open for First Friday Gallery Night, February 5, 5-9pm and Third Friday Collector's Preview, February 19, 5-8pm

Statement from the artist:

My work is a re-presentation and integration of familiar images that focuses on the visual poetry of the overlooked and mundane.

As a sculptor in cast metal, mixed media and installation, my art practice centers on foundry and primarily on casting iron. Both the fiery process and the material itself attract me. Our bodies are partly comprised of iron, and it forms the core of the Earth. Its ubiquity is understated and iron does not come with the same cultural trappings of finer metals. It is industrial. It rusts. This transience equates for me to the state of the human body as we also negotiate our time on the planet.

In Cinch the compositional arrangements are intended to engage and interact with the viewer as suggestions of more complete narratives.  There is a connection between the corporal and the environment in this work that acknowledges ten years of iron casting.  The installation hints at poetic nuances while remaining solid and factual in physical form. This dichotomy speaks to the power of visual “prompts” and the symbolic power any object or form is imbued with.

My reintegration and restructuring of such talismans is a visual trigger like a Rorschach inkblot test. The incorporation of objects into constructed assemblies provides a coded narrative on place, physicality, and time with the intent to instigate contemplation by generating associations and cross-references.

Much of my production processes center around the foundry, and the search for forms that are easily replicated in the casting process links my work to select cultural objects that provides a history rich in symbolism, memory and associations. Incorporating found objects provides a creative outlet for my collector instincts and pays homage to my respect for material, form and the value inherent in manufactured objects. I describe my methods as those of a contemporary archeologist: I use commonplace found objects and recycled materials to represent a familiar yet symbolic imagery, satisfying a quest to learn and resolve through visible and tangible means.

Mai Wyn Schantz