Detail shot of Accumulation Vessel 63

IN THE STUDIO: ANDREW CASTO

As an Assistant Professor of Art and Program Head of Ceramics at The University of Iowa, 2020 has been a year of challenges and opportunities for Andrew Casto.

Andrew Casto in the studio

Andrew Casto in the studio

Teaching visual arts remotely pushes you to describe your relationship with the materials and goals in new ways. A change in perspective can often inspire innovation and inspiration.

Accumulation Vessel 64, 2020, Porcelain and 18k Gold Luster, 10 x 15 x 15 inches

Accumulation Vessel 64, 2020, Porcelain and 18k Gold Luster, 10 x 15 x 15 inches

“My work involves an investigation into extant negative forces in our lives, and to what degree the phenomenological ramifications of stress shape us physically, mentally, and emotionally. The formal language present in this analysis is based on a material study of geologic processes translated into ceramic and mixed media objects, often referencing historical vessel form. I seek a purposeful link between macrocosmic environmental change, and interruptions in our otherwise routine existence.

The foundation of this exploration is a desire to uncover the sublime in these moments of incongruity; the rush of presence into experience that might otherwise remain banal and ordinary, brought on by perceived inconvenience. My work asserts that it is possible for our daily vexations to illuminate the power of the present moment – something we all too often fail to notice.”

– Andrew Casto

Accumulation Vessel 62, 2020, Porcelain and 18k Gold Luster, 5.25 x 5.5 x 6 inches

Accumulation Vessel 62, 2020, Porcelain and 18k Gold Luster, 5.25 x 5.5 x 6 inches

Detail shot of Accumulation Vessel 62

Detail shot of Accumulation Vessel 62

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. Casto was a recipient of a 2015 Emerging Artist award by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA), and was a finalist for the 2017 Young Masters Maylis Grand Ceramics Prize with Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London. Casto has exhibited in over seventy group exhibitions, with recent solo exhibitions at Galleria Salvatore Lanteri in Milan in 2016, Mindy Solomon Gallery in Miami in 2017, and Eutectic Gallery in 2019. He is currently Assistant Professor of Art and Program Head of Ceramics at The University of Iowa.

Casto Studio

Casto Studio

Casto Studio

Casto Studio

Accumulation Vessel 63, 2020, Porcelain and 18k Gold and White Gold Luster, 5.25 x 8 x 10.5 inches

Accumulation Vessel 63, 2020, Porcelain and 18k Gold and White Gold Luster, 5.25 x 8 x 10.5 inches

Detail shot of Accumulation Vessel 63

Detail shot of Accumulation Vessel 63