Sculptor Casey Horn at Breckenridge gallery this weekend
if you go
What: Meet sculptor Casey Horn and hear the stories behind his artwork
When: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Where: The Art on a Whim Gallery at 100 N. Main St., Breckenridge
Artist Casey Horn’s sculptures seem to be built with impossible balance. They are curving, swirling, twisting shapes of bronze, steel and aluminum designed in seemingly abstract patterns. Each sculpture is a three-dimensional translation of ancient Chinese calligraphy.
Horn is still a young artist but with over 20 years of sculpting experience he has already mastered his metal mediums. In the summer of 1991 he realized that art was his calling. This led to an apprenticeship with sculptor Theodore Gall. Horn’s passion was ignited. He spent the next 10 years gaining experience in sheet metal fabrication, welding and foundry processes. He opened his own sculpture finishing business in 2002 but the question of what to sculpt still remained.
Two years later, it hit him. Inspired by ancient art forms, particularly those of Japanese and Chinese origin, Horn realized that their characters contained everything he appreciated in art. They are packed with aesthetically pleasing lines, balance, negative space and meaning behind the form. Horn has perfected expressing thought and emotion in his three-dimensional renderings of the characters. The series of work he has chosen to produce thus far all reflect his goal of creating lasting moments of beauty and inspiration.
“Beauty accomplishes a lot,” he said in a statement. “It inspires. It encourages.”
Horn enhances his bronze, stainless steel, and aluminum creations with accents, colors and textures that outwardly express each character’s insightful meaning. As a master metal worker, Horn welds all of his own pieces and creates all of his custom patina work himself, unlike most sculptors who would rely on a foundry to handle this part of their process.
His latest series, featuring his brand-new sculpture “Mindfulness,” is called The Heart. The work is all about how we form our thoughts through both our logic and our emotions, all of which originate in our heart. In translation, the piece “Mindfulness” means, “the practice of recognizing where your heart is now.” It is an extremely rare kinetic bronze sculpture, with precise balance movement built into the piece by design.
“I communicate through my work things that you can interpret to your own life situation,” Horn said. “Words do not mean the same thing in every situation. They equate to where you are at based on the context of your life at the time. They can always have a different meaning to everyone at anytime, which is why I focus on positive words. When people look at my work they can apply it directly to their lives. They can find encouragement.”
Horn will be in Breckenridge this weekend, with brand-new sculptures and stories to share about his work. He can be found in the Art on a Whim gallery in downtown Breckenridge and in the Wellington lot of the Mountain Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday.
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