The sculpture of GRANT IRISH is fabricated in stainless steel and silicon bronze. The work is informed by the the way in which we have increasingly come to view ourselves as separate from the natural world. It investigates the relationship of instinct, imagination and normative thought, as well as our tendency to live increasingly in our minds, disconnected from our bodies and from nature.
The inspiration for his most recent series comes from discarded fragments of Industrial Era machinery that lie disintegrating on a stretch of Kauai’s North Shore. Iron cogs that powered nations, transformed into benign treasures, their original intent lost to the rock, sun and sea. Touching the skeleton of a gear embedded in lava, the artist wondered what fossils of the hardware that stores and processes data in this Age will be left for us -- someday in the next era -- to discover. Insubstantial bits of plastic and metal circuitry would not take as many decades to succumb.
Grant Irish is a Northern California based artist. He conducted formal studies at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, and his work is included in many private and corporate collections throughout the US.