The work of Five modern metal artists exploring their craft in Seattle
Showcasing the work of Chelsea Gaddy, Leah Gerrard, Jonathon Carmichael, KT Hancock and Sean Carleton.
About the artists and work:
Parenthetical Light uses fabricated silicon bronze and light to create tension through form. Largely referencing surroundings that overwhelm with emblems, graphic cues and architectural signals, the piece contorts space outward and back again in sustained call and response. Dramatic shadows and abstract shapes act in counterpoint; a deep spectrum of tones is brought out with a hand finished patina.
Parenthetical Light was a featured work in the Bellevue Art Museum 2016 Biennial: Metalmorphosis. The exhibition was juried by a panel of distinguished jurors, who based their criteria on applicants working in the medium of metal in the Pacific Northwest who pushed the boundaries of their vision and skill. Visit www.bellevuearts.org for more information.
Leah Gerrard has worked with metal for twenty years. She uses steel wire and basketry techniques to create abstract sculpture. Allowing her process to continually evolve in response to challenges created through her designs is integral to her artistic practice. Over the years in an effort to create larger work she has created a unique method and aesthetic.
Jonathan Carmichael aims to create unexpected forms from ordinary material. In his sculptures, steel tube, bar, beam, and angle take on aesthetic purpose while plainly revealing their origins. This sensibility has emerged from production based fabrication work in which material is processed into multiple identical parts, yielding “drops” or material waste. These ordinarily unusable parts become building blocks for manipulated yet recognizable forms; time-honored industrial processes are adapted to create a straightforward and elegant new sculptural language.
KT Hancock is an emerging artist based out of Seattle, Washington. With a background in metalsmithing and glassblowing, she incorporates both mediums into her work. Hancock’s pieces demonstrate an interest in the idea of preciousness. The gem-shaped objects convey an idealized adornment piece for the body. Although not wearable, these objects reflect an inherent cultural, physical and sentimental value. With a Bachelor’s degree in metalsmithing and sculpture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Hancock has continued her practice as a freelance designer and maker.
Carleton has experience a lifelong pursuit of metal and woodworking techniques. This passion has spurred Carleton’s creative expression in the form of furniture and fine objects. He was inspired by his mother who is a chemist and his father who is a cornerstone in Seattle Theater. His father also provided his introduction to metalwork at the age of 15. His work draws inspiration from the industrial and organic environments in which he spent his young life immersed.