CAST|molded: A Call for Works Made Using Casting Methods, Molds, Stamps, or Forms
The Cincinnati based non-profit arts organization and gallery, Manifest, invites visual artists and designers to submit works made using casting methods, molds, stamps, or forms to create a primarily three-dimensional piece. Works that explore the boundaries between 2d and 3d, such as relief work, are also most welcome.
Cast objects are born into a family in ways other art objects are not. A cast object is formed inside of a parent mold, and then released to exist in a world with its identical siblings. As long as the mold survives there exists an opportunity for replication, for iteration.
There are of course, instances of only children. Sometimes the mold is broken in the process of releasing its objects. Maybe, in this case, the mold is like a cocoon.
Aside from the possibilities molds provide for production and re-production, the process is also often a collaboration between dissimilar materials. Clay, wax, polymers, papers, woods, metals, and plasters are fed with new substance. New materials take the shape of the void—the negative space itself—within a mold where they cure/mature/harden until they can sustain their own form independent from the supporting scaffold of the body that formed it.
Cast objects take on the shape and character of their container, of a tool-form that has, like printmaking has done for two dimensional images, greatly amplified creative options for artists, designers, and architects in their pursuit of three-dimensional expression for thousands of years.
Such objects inevitably are reflections of the form of an original emptiness which they both inherit and transcend.
$40 for up to FOUR entries submitted. $5 per each additional entry.
ANNUAL CASH AWARD: The annual Manifest Grand Jury Prize will result in the awarding of one significant cash prize ($5000) to a single work selected as the 'best of the entire season'.