Shall We Dance, by Ron Gerton

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Shall We Dance, by Ron Gerton
1,600.00USD+ applicable fees & taxes.
This item SOLD at 2015 Jun 27 @ 16:11UTC-4 : AST/EDT
All items in this auction were created, at least in part, on the wood lathe, with wood as the primary material. All are one-of-a-kind signed originals, individually created by the artist listed.
Lot #200
Shall We Dance
Box elder burl, bronze
7" x 4" x 5"

Ron Gerton
Washington, United States

Ron Gerton is a retired mechanical engineer with over 30 years of experience in the nuclear field. He has always enjoyed creating art to keep life in focus. He teaches jewelry casting at the local college. He is self taught and has made most of his equipment, including a bronze casting foundry. The Art Nouveau style, with its emphasis on natural forms and shapes is his favorite design inspiration. The Bonsai plant, skillfully trained to defy nature and gravity, is a classic example and heavily influences his work. He transforms things that he finds in nature, that are no longer living, into metal for incorporation into his art pieces. This includes insects, leaves, seed pods, contorted sagebrush and cactus remains. These metal "fossils" now have a permanence that can be enjoyed for generations. To him, nature is the greatest creator of beauty and his challenge is to display it beautifully.

Going "green" has long been a major factor in his art. Thrift stores abound with potential art materials. Cast off industrial materials is also a great source. The tens of thousands of small wood pieces from laser cutting businesses and found objects are incorporated into his wood turnings and wall pieces. "Everything is a raw material for something else" is his motto.

PROCESS (see photos 5-8)
"I hike a lot in the desert area where I live in SE Washington state. Once in a great while I will find a piece of dead sage brush that has grown in a very unnatural shape. See (photo 5) for an example. I collect these and take them home where I add wax rods to create pathways for the molten metal to get in and for air to get out when casting (see photo 6). These pathways are called vents and sprues. I apply a ceramic shell over the sagebrush and wax by repeated dipping in a special liquid and then pouring fine special sand over the wet model and then let it dry. I do this until I have a quarter inch thick shell (see photo 7). I then burn the wax and wood out at about 2,000 degrees. I cool the shell and vacuum out any ash and then reheat the shell to over a thousand degrees. I melt bronze ingots at about 2,000 degrees and then pour the liquid metal into the shell.

Once metal cools the shell is removed and all of the vents and sprues are as well as the original sagebrush piece are now metal (see photo 8). The vents and sprues are removed and recycled into the next casting. It takes parts from many different sagebrush plants to make one of my sculptures. These parts are welded together and the welds worked to look like the sagebrush actually grew into the final sculpture shape."

Gerton has had pieces accepted into numerous juried art shows and has won numerous Best of Show, Best Three Dimensional and Award of Merit honors. He has been the featured artist for a month long shows at several galleries in the Pacific Northwest. He has pieces in the permanent collection of the Detroit Institute of Art Museum, the New York Museum of Art and Design, the Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Addison museum of Art in Boston, The Fuller Craft Museum in Boston, The Minneapolis Museum of Fine Art, The Mobile Museum of Fine Art, and the University of Michigan Art Museum. His work can also be found in many fine private collections and in numerous books and art magazines.