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Fosdick Nelson Gallery presents seven-artist ‘Ferrous Bloom’ exhibition
10/27/09

The Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, School of Art and Design at Alfred University, is hosting a new exhibition titled “Ferrous Bloom,” from Friday, Oct. 30 through Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009, with an opening reception Oct. 30 from 7-9 p.m. This exhibition features works by Christian Benefiel, Laurence Edwards, Andy Griffiths, Ginny Hutchinson, Marjee Levine, Carolyn Ottmers, and Vaughn Randall.

The featured artists examine the unique and fascinating nature of iron as a sculptural vehicle, drawing on its innate physical properties and rich historical associations.

Washington, D.C.-based sculptor Benefiel will follow any direction his inspiration takes him. He seeks to create works that are both inviting yet challenging at the same time. The materials he uses are chosen to deconstruct the precocious or sacred attributes commonly associated with a gallery space, trying to incorporate an imperative action on the part of the viewer.

Randall is an assistant professor of sculpture in the Art and History Department at the State University of New York at Cortland. His work focuses on blending the style and technology of the Industrial Revolution with gothic forms and imagery attempting to mix mechanical with spiritual to build machines that are searching for something. He seeks to create works that look into the unknown and have their own purpose rather than being constructed around expectations in culture.

Ottmers works as an associate professor of sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her sculptures are often a hybrid of forms, materials, and processes inspired by the human built and natural landscape. Her use of multiples shows a dual interest in the variation and diversity of nature along with the industrial production of objects.

Hutchinson earned a master of fine arts degree at the Royal College of Art and has done work with the Scottish Sculpture Workshop, Lumsden.

Levine is the manager of operations for the New England Sculpture Service, a fine art bronze-casting foundry located in Chelsea, MA. She received her bachelor of fine arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a master of fine arts degree from Georgia State University. She is most known for her work in iron casting, having lectured, exhibited, and poured iron at various conferences and institutions worldwide.

Edwards is a British sculptor who gets his inspiration for his work from the landscape and habitat in which he lives. His studio and foundry works are situated along the Butley Creek in Suffolk (UK) and this area and history have become a vital element in his works. He wants to do justice to it and does so with sculptures that survive the ravages of the water and elements.

Originally only working in stone, sculptor Griffiths now uses any material he finds exciting. Self-employed for the past 20 years, Griffiths has gained experience from having his own exhibits, working with other artists, and teaching his art to students at the West Wales School of the Arts. His work ranges from small-scale art to very large-scale public commissions with everything covered in between.

The Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Alfred University is open Mondays-Fridays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3 p.m., when the University is in session.