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Iván Carmona and Andrew Casto’s sculptures utilize clay in starkly divergent expressions of color and texture, while both pushing the observer to immerse themselves in form and movement. Carmona’s freestanding sculptures radiate a calm stoicism, as mineral silicate paint on the ceramic creates subtle ridges of texture, which buzz with a quiet rhythm. Casto’s assemblages and accumulation vessels combine porcelain and gold and white pearl lusters, resulting in glossy, turbulent compositions full of rippling colors. Carmona’s forms have an archaeological, totemic feel, while Casto’s vessels seems to be in the midst of organic growth. Each artist approaches their process with vastly different goals, however each results in sculptures imbued with thoughtful balance.
Iván Carmona received his BFA from the Oregon College of Art and Craft, where he has also taught as a ceramic instructor. His work has been exhibited extensively in Portland, OR and San Juan, PR, as well as Washington, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. He has sculptures in the collections of the Boise Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, King County Public Art Collection, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Puerto Rico. Carmona lives and works in Portland, OR.
Andrew Casto (b. Ohio, USA, 1977) lives and works in Iowa City, USA. He was the 2011 MJD fellow at The Archie Bray Foundation for Ceramic Art in Helena, Montana, and has exhibited work internationally in Spain, Croatia, Italy, Austria, Slovenia, Belgium, China, Switzerland, France, and Japan. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art and Program Head of Ceramics at The University of Iowa.