Andrew Casto’s current body of work investigates dialogues concerning extant negative forces in our lives, and the degree to which they shape us physically, mentally, and emotionally. The formal language present in this analysis is based on a material study of erosion and geologic processes, translated into ceramic and mixed media objects. Within this inquiry, alternative and diverse construction methods are emphasized as tools of fresh, genuine expression in the creation of dynamic assemblages of great fragility.
Casto is currently Assistant Professor of Art and head of the Ceramics area at The University of Iowa. He was an Artist-in-Residence, and the 2011 MJD Fellow at The Archie Bray Foundation, Montana, and has exhibited work internationally in Spain, Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium, China, and Japan. He was recently selected as a recipient of a 2015 Emerging Artist award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). Recent solo exhibitions include Galleria Salvatore Lanteri, Milan, 2016, and Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, 2017.
Featured image: Andrew Casto, Assemblage 140, 2017, ceramic and lustre, 33 x 13 x 9cm (13 x 5.1 x 3.5in.), courtesy Mindy Solomon Gallery