Casting the Imagination
September 6, 2014 – February 8, 2015
For centuries, artists have been fascinated by the casting method for its unique ability to produce multiple sculptures in scales that range from the monumental to the minute. It is by means of the casting process that the artist translates his or her imagination into a tangible and permanent object that makes its way into the hands of multiple collectors.
With a selection of works from the Permanent Collection, Casting the Imagination traces the art of casting from its roots in Asia and the Ancient Near East to works that span the twentieth century. It explores the ways in which artists have used their imaginations to develop and transform the art of casting, adapting it to different styles and experimenting with texture, surface, scale, form, and colour. Whether investigating the human form, portraying the divine, capturing the natural world, or expressing emotion, dreams and concepts, casting has enlarged the artist’s range of possibilities. Each artist featured in this exhibition bring their own unique casting style and subject matter that highlight this timeless artistic practice.
Organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Saskatchewan Arts Board, SaskCulture, the City of Regina, and the University of Regina.
Image: Joe Fafard, David Hockney, 1994 (detail),bronze, patina, wire, AP II, 68.6 x 23.5 x 16.0 cm. Collectin of the MacKenzie Art Gallery, gift of Joe Fafard.