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Students Get Creative with Molten Metal, Extreme Fashion
By Tourism Industry Partner
NORMAN, OKLA. (Oct. 13, 2010) — The University of Oklahoma School of Art and Art History and the OU Sculpture Program present Fuego Friday: Halloween Iron Pour and OU Wearable Art Show Competition on Friday, Oct. 29th. The Iron Pour will begin at 1 p.m. at the Northbase studiocomplex next to the Max Westheimer Airport and the Wearable Art Show begins at 7 p.m in the Lightwell Gallery at the Fred Jones Art Center.
“We've made the wearable competition open to all OU Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts majors and although we've billed it as a ‘wearable art’ show, the realm of alternative fashion and/or extreme Halloween costumes are not out of the question,” says Hils. “We have some great new iPods as prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. All entry formsmust be received by Friday, Oct. 22.”
“Students are encouraged to push the boundaries of the term wearable and think about the relationships between objects and the body. The purpose of this event is to have a good time, but also to pursue a unique mode of creative expression and celebrate the ingenuity of our students across several disciplines”.
In the afternoon, faculty and students will be present to talk about the process of iron casting which harkens back to the industrial revolution and the processes that established modern innovations and advancements for culture.
He says it is important that people see this type of art being created, especially in our digitally obsessive lifestyle. Students will be working very hard and working as a team to execute a number of tasks involved with the successfuloperation of the furnace.
The sculptural process is a great tool for learning about physics, engineering,science and industry. The process requires a team of students who learn to work together, which generally goes against the ideal of the isolated artist working alone in a studio. This is collaborative and builds trust and respect amongst students.
TheOU sculpture program also will have small scratch molds available for the public to create their own unique piece of metal art that will be cast by OU students during the event. Molds are available for purchase for $20 in advance or $25 day of event; all proceeds benefit the sculpture program. Contact Jonathan Hils to reserve or pick-up a scratch mold before Thursday, Oct. 28, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling (405) 325-3217.
The Fuego Friday: Halloween Iron Pour and OU Wearable Art Show Competition is free and open to the public. The Fred Jones Art Center is located at 520 Parrington Oval, in the OU Arts District!
The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution. For accommodations on the basis of disability, please call the School of Art and Art History at (405) 325-2691. For more information, please visit, http://art.ou.edu/.
Public Relations Coordinator
Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts
University of Oklahoma