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The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University Presents Solid Gone June 2 to July 2

The exhibition features the cast iron artwork of 43 artists from around the world

The Sordoni Art Gallery at Wilkes University presents Solid Gone, an exhibition of cast iron art from June 2 to July 2. The exhibition features 43 artists from around the world who push the limits of the medium. It is curated by Ben Woodeson, a British artist known for challenging, and sometimes dangerous, works.

Solid Gone brings together a diverse group of fragile, ephemeral or precarious works that use cast iron in conjunction with the 8th annual International Conference of Contemporary Cast Iron Art (ICCCIA) occurring May 28 to June 2 in Scranton, Pa. The conference, with a theme of "Post Industrial Iron," honors and celebrates the works of professionals, scholars and students from around the world.

In conjunction with the conference, the Sordoni Art Gallery is hosting a cast iron symposium at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 2. Jane Cook, chief scientist of the Corning Museum of Glass, will moderate a technical panel discussion. Woodeson will also conduct a curator's talk about the exhibition. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Concentrating on the moment of exhibition, rather than posterity or potential longevity and collectability, Woodeson comments that he's allergic to inert and boring lumps of metal. Challenging, fragile and temporary works are widespread within the non-cast iron art world, this exhibition and catalog contemplates: "Are there high quality impermanent, fragile and precarious object-based artworks being made within the iron casting community that are simply not being seen?"

For more information, visit www.wilkes.edu/sordoniartgallery.

The $3 million, 7,000-square-foot Sordoni Art Gallery is a culmination of a gallery revitalization plan to enrich the arts for students, faculty and staff while contributing to cultural life in the local community. More than double the size of the former gallery, the new space opened in 2017 and is outfitted for high-end national art exhibitions and includes versatile opportunities for teaching and learning. The gallery shares space with the Karambelas Media and Communication Center at 141 S. Main St. in Wilkes Barre.