Two artists I’ve had the pleasure working beside at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Aaron De Lanty, Sam Endres, and I headed down to Sloss Furnaces Conference on Cast Iron Art this past weekend. I went down just to pour iron and enjoy the Southern sunshine, but my expectations were so much surpaced by experiencing meeting really inspiring sculptors, iron pours, performance art, and demonstrations. Specifically, Death Metal Press was amazing to watch and interact with. Death Metal Press is a collaboration between a printmaker and sculptors, in which a printmaker carves a block out of foam, which gets reproduced in aluminum or cast iron, which then gets heated and scorches either paper or leather. The reliefs are printed on this amazing press that was fabricated by Eric Fuertes.
I ended up living in euphoria the whole time, laughing and being amazed by all of the student-built cupolas and cupulettes. I also ended up realizing how much I want to keep pouring and continue working around such inspiring makers.
So this past weekend I went to Birmingham, Alabama for the 25th Biennial Sloss Iron Pour. Talk about an amazing experience to be apart of. It was quite the adventure from start to finish. It was me and a couple of my friends left milwaukee at 7 at night and started our 12 hour drive. We ended up getting to sloss around 8:30 in the morning getting maybe a collective 2 hours of sleep.
We were lucky enough to meet up with Alabama State and jump in on their pour right off the bat. They even let us pour right away. Talk about intense, 12 hour car ride, near zero sleep, and then pouring a 75lb tap. First Iron pour as well, so there was a slight learning curve. Luckily our pours went great, everyones pieces turned out.
After the pour we had some time to go explore the furnaces. They are something to leave you…
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