Sandwich is a sculpture that speaks to man's consumption of raw materials. The sculpture was Exhibited in the group show Pawn Tattoo at Lynch Tham Gallery, July 15 - August 13, 2015.
This sculpture is the result of experimenting with materials and processes. The exploration of mold making and casting is central to the work. A rubber mold was taken of a piece of firewood, this mold was used to explore casting in multiple materials, wax, resin, cement, clay, aluminum, and iron. A series of works combining these casts with industrial and found materials was created.
Sandwich features a log cast in cement with bricks and mortar filling. These materials speak to the trades and labor which my family and I have worked in. As a younger man I worked pouring foundations for homes. The sandwich is a meal for the working man, everything in one package, easy to transport and eat quickly. Putting earth materials into this form forces us to question our unyielding appetite to control the earth.
The foundry process involves melting metal and pouring it into a mold. Iron Melts at 2,800 degrees Fahrenheit. To reach this temperature the furnace needs to be fueled with coke and stoked continually. This iron pour took place at Ramapo College.
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