This weekend, the University of Kentucky has the pleasure of hosting Andrew Marsh, an emerging metal sculptor and performance artist, at their campus metal shop. Marsh is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has been traveling across the country performing with his company, Devil's Night Iron Works. Marsh brings his combination of iron foundry practice and inventive steel fabrication to the university to demonstrate communal labor and ritualized artistic production.
"I am not interested in being the lone artist and by doing this type of performance iron pouring, I can work together with others, sharing their expertise and benefiting from their ideas," said Marsh.
Andrew Marsh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and has achieved his Masters at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. He is currently a member of the Webster University faculty in St. Louis, Missouri, where he teaches both studio foundry-practice and the Foundry practice as performance art.
"I got interested in working with iron in graduate school and I did my thesis on the performance aspect of iron sculpture," said Marsh.
At the present time, Andrew Marsh is living east of St. Louis, Missouri in the town of Edwardsville, Illinois, with his wife, Cathryne, and 5-year-old son, Seth. Marsh is employed by Cassilly and Cassilly, Inc. at the City Museum in St. Louis, MO where he is a steel fabrication artist and welding supervisor.
Marsh's involvement in the latest addition to the City Museum has been key. He was instrumental in the creation of MonstroCity, an interactive metalwork playground that is five stories of recycled, industrial salvage, and architectural remnants.
Andrew Marsh is the artist and proprietor of Devil's Night Iron Works, the company in which he has been performing with this past year. He is the principal steel fabricator of sculptural furnace and ancillary foundry equipment sculptures, as well as the creativity and practical developer behind the theatrical performance arts events. His responsibilities extend to being the production coordinator, technical director, public relations liaison, and the exhibition, workshop, demonstration, and lecture coordinator.
"The performance aspect allows people to see the labor and the impact of the work we do," said Marsh, "This really frames the sculpture experience."
In the past, Marsh has been employed by Landcruiser Connection, Inc. in Sterling, VA, where he was the custom accessories designer and fabricator, restorer, and mechanic. He was responsible for all phases of alteration and repair to Toyota LandCruisers. Andrew Marsh has also worked for Bluegrass Ironworks in Lexington as a fabricator and was in charge of producing ornamental and architectural ironwork and brass.
Marsh continues to be a freelance sound and lighting technician and consultant when the Devil's Night Iron Works demonstrations are not consuming his time. He has consulted on several large projects including many gallery exhibitions, open houses for companies like LandCruiser, and theater productions at the University of Kentucky.
Marsh appeared at the University of Kentucky during the week of November 18-22 to teach a workshop at the University Sculpture Studio and to provide a demonstration of an iron pour. Andrew Marsh is returning to the University of Kentucky on Friday, December 6 to do another iron pour in conjunction with the Art Department's Open Studio event.
"I would like to thank the University of Kentucky graduate school and the art and sculpture departments for their positive attitudes and wonderful work on the pour last week," said Marsh. "I know that this week's iron pour will provide even more examples of great work."
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