Flatlander
water cast bronze, sound
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, 2016

 

Flatlander uses Omaha's last major tornado swarm (May 6th, 1975) as a platform for a series of bronze sculptures (made in collaboration with Vivian Chiu), and a multi-channel sound performance.

 

The sculptures were created by carefully spinning large vessels of water at high velocity, and with different viscosity and temperature. Microcrystaline wax is cured to a molten state, then carefully poured by hand into the moving funnel of liquid created by the rotating vessel. The water forms itself into a moving yet centrally stable, centripetal funnel which is constantly in flux, changing in rope-like texture and shape and size. The negative space of this rippling funnel forms the positive cast for the pieces. 

Thank you, 
Bemis Center for Contemporary Art
Douglas County Historical Society
Tom Harnack of Omaha Clayworks
Les Bruning of Bruning Sculpture
Sophia Glasser-Kerr