Nathan Blank: Iron
Inspiration from nature, a fascination with the effects of time, and the driving challenge of blacksmithing provides the basis of my work. In nature, I am drawn to the rich textures, complex surfaces, and relationship of collective forms that work together in harmony. I study the micro and macro environments that consist of attributes like layers, crevices, folds, pits, and wrinkles. In understanding how these things occur naturally, I can attempt to recreate the cause and effects in metal. The cycles of growth and decay, produces an eternal relationship. Natural materials and forms that weather, erode, grow, energy, and evolve appear to convey time. Observing these things helps me to understand how I can capture a timeless quality in my work.
The FOCUS GALLERY program features six single artist exhibitions in 2014. These exhibitions are available for viewing and purchase both online and in the Penland Gallery.