"Swarm" by Haimi Fenichel, Part 3 in a Series by Katia Rabey

Haimi Feniche’s piece, Swarm, is made up of 12,000 life-size porcelain snails: 5,000 on each of the poles and 2,000 to spare. They were manually cast by Fenichel one-by-one, then fired, painted, and fired again. Together they constitute a unity, sort of a one-hive mind that is even more precious because of the attention to detail paid by the artist to each of its little members. 

"Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths," a new exhibition by Tom Joyce

Tom Joyce, artist, MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and CAST contributor is the lead guest curator of Striking Iron: The Art of African Blacksmiths, an exhibition at UCLA’s Fowler Museum through December 30. This exhibition features objects from blades to currency and musical instruments to body adornments, the bulk of them made of forged iron. It “reveals the histories of invention and technical sophistication that led African blacksmiths to transform one of Earth’s most fundamental natural resources into objects of life-changing utility, empowerment, prestige, artistry, and spiritual potency.” 

"CAST : Art and Objects" An Upcoming Exhibition at the Wayne Art Center

We are thrilled to announce that CAST is going to come to life as an invitational exhibition called CAST: Art and Objects at the Wayne Art Center in the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery, December 7, 2018 – January 26, 2019.

Since we began writing CAST, we felt that the art and objects in the book would make an incredible exhibition. We are so grateful to the Wayne Art Center for seeing what we saw in the book  - the potential for a visually stunning and thought provoking show. 

Rachel Dein Part 2 of 3: Deliciously Verdant New Work in "Hide", a Piccadilly Restaurant

Rachel Dein’s incredible commission for “Hide” restaurant in Piccadilly involves cast plaster panels that tie in with the overall concept of the restaurant designed by Lustedgreen and These White Walls. This is truly one of the most magnificent interior spaces we’ve ever seen and Rachel’s work is one of the most memorable parts of the restaurant.

The Cultural Power of Cast Bronze

It has not escaped our notice in recent weeks that bronze has taken an unlikely position on center stage in the national conversation. Some in America would like to take down and/or relocate Confederate monuments and others want these statues to maintain their place in the public square. This long-simmering debate boiled over in the most painful way with the events in Charlottesville, VA, with a rally called "Unite the Right."