Houston, TX, January 21, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- January 16, 2010 through May 16, 2010
Iron: Forged, Tempered, Quenched opened at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft on January 16th, 2010. This exhibition celebrates the strong history of blacksmithing in America from its early colonial roots through to its current place as one of America’s finest modern craft media.
In this unique exhibition, important historical ironworks are shown alongside modern works of art by some of the most prominent artists working in the field of blacksmithing today. The style of this exhibition enables viewers to get a sense of how traditional techniques are fused with modern designs by contemporary artist blacksmiths.
Historically, blacksmithing was used to make everything from weaponry to door hinges to farm implements. The Industrial Revolution removed much of the demand for blacksmiths. It was in the 1970s that a revival of interest in iron working took place. With that movement also came a shift in the focus of iron as a medium for the creation of tools to an artistic outlet. It is both the historical context and modern use of iron as an art craft medium upon which this exhibition focuses.
Among the 38 artists featured in this show are some of the most notable modern artists in the field. A few of those artists include Elizabeth Brim, Frederic Crist, Carl Jennings, John Medwedeff, Lee Ann Mithcell, Zack Noble, Noellyn Pepos, John Shearin, Lee Tribe, and John Wallace. The show features more than 40 works of art including sculptural and conceptual works, furniture, and selected pieces from the permanent collection of the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Zack Noble, whose work “Bloom” can be seen on the promotional material for this exhibition, has just released a series of new wrought tables at www.zacknoble.com.
The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is a nonprofit visual arts center dedicated to advancing education about the process, product, and history of craft.