19.0 by Omer Arbel
Published on May 30, 2011
19 is an exploration of sand casting which is a low fidelity technique used for making metallic objects. The technique involves pressing a shape into sand to create a void, and then roughly pouring molten metal into the void. Some overspill is a by-product of this process, which is, in conventional circumstances, cleaned up after production and refinished.
In this project Omar Arbel explored the expressive possibilities of the overspill. They developed a technique that encourages a generous and unpredictable overspill during production, which occurs along the entire open perimeter of the cast piece, making a unique ‘halo’ fir every piece fabricated. Omar chose to use a high copper content brass such that the overspill oxidizes instantly, producing an extremely textured surface that stands in contrast to the interior of the piece, which retains a smooth finish because it does not come in contact with air, and which they hand-polish to a near mirror finish.