Rian Kerrane & Scottie Burgess

Illuminated Meditations
April 2023

Attraction to the comradery and community that surrounds molten metal and specifically iron casting fuels the creative drive for this collaboration, Illuminated Meditations. Casting metal is experimental, and limits are pushed into performance that vacillates from sheer madness to quiet poetry. Pay Attention All The Time by Rian Kerrane sears paper with cast iron brands as temporary graffiti for the Clocktower. Scottie Burgess’ Light of Hand follows traces of a freeform mark with an alchemical flow, reflecting the light of the sky and the inner creative spirit. Both artists are intent on allowing molten metal to shape the resulting works in their physical form and connect the footage with performative cast iron works from the recent Iron Tribe gathering in Las Vegas, New Mexico. https://www.santafenewmexican.com/iron-tribe-2023-in-las-vegas-new-mexico/video_39657c2c-bb63-11ed-b034-2ff40e6853bd.html


Rian Kerrane Biography

Professor at the University of Colorado Denver, Rian Kerrane works in a variety of media and exhibits nationally and internationally. She is a co-founder and board member for the Western Cast Iron Art Alliance since 2008. A contributor to steering the 7th International Conference in Contemporary Cast Iron Art (ICCCIA) in Latvia, she co-directed performances for the 8th ICCCIA in Scranton, Pennsylvania in 2018. A curator and exhibitor for ICCCIA Berlin in 2022 she remains involved with the ongoing ICCCIA organization. From 2019 she has promoted the establishment of iron casting in Thüringen, German and returns each summer to host workshops, pours and exhibitions.

Works include a solo exhibition, Line of Inquiry, Glebe Gallery, County Donegal, Ireland in 2018 following a residency at the National Sculpture Factory in Cork. The Oscar Wallpaper, commissioned in 2019 by the Downtown Denver Partnerships alleyway project is a current public artwork with another commission underway for the City of Aurora scheduled in 2024. A native of Galway, Ireland, she runs a site-specific summer study abroad program at the Burren College of Art in County Clare. She received a BA in Fine Arts Degree from the University of Ulster at Belfast and her MFA from the University of New Orleans, Louisiana.





Scottie Burgess Biography

Scottie Burgess is a native of Colorado. He studied at the University of Colorado Denver, receiving dual BFA’s with emphases in Digital Design and Sculpture/Transmedia. Burgess earned a scholarship to study at the Bemis School of Art as a child. Later, his interests took him to explore other creative disciplines, including philosophy and music technology, revolving around the transpersonal ritualistic nature of rave and club culture manifested through electronically driven live sound. Burgess’s current creative practice is predominantly visual installation and sculptural based, ranging from the digital to the physical. He is currently a resident artist at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, was an artist fellow at the MOA: Museum of Outdoor Arts, and was a member at Pirate: Contemporary Art. His work has been exhibited nationally, including in the Biennial 600: Textile/Fiber at the AMoA, Amarillo Museum of Art, has been honored to be part of the meaningful pro-feminist exhibition Pink Progression, and has been featured in publications including The Guardian and Colossal.