MEASURED MAKING

THE 150MM CHALLENGE

MAR. 27 - JUL. 3, 2021

Gasparrini Galleries

“This exhibit speaks to the endless creativity and skill of modern-day artisans who use traditional blacksmithing techniques to manipulate steel to magnificent effect.”

–LEIGH MORRELL, PRESIDENT OF ABANA

Curated and Produced by Delyth Done, Project Concept by Ambrose Burne, Hereford College of Arts, UK

Toured in the USA by the Artist-Blacksmith’s Association of North America (ABANA)

Measured Making: The 150mm Challenge is a celebration of process, material, and innovation in forged metal. The exhibition displays a curated selection of 150 metal objects, chosen from over 400 pieces created by amateur and professional blacksmiths from around the world as part of the viral #150mmChallenge.

The challenge originated as a project for students enrolled in the Artist Blacksmithing degree course at the prestigious Hereford College of Arts (Hereford, UK). Lecturer Ambrose Burne first conceived of the challenge as an exercise in imagination, and he tasked his students with transforming a small, rectangular piece of steel, measuring 150mm x 20mm x 20mm, into something amazing. His students tested the limits of the material and stretched their understanding of what is possible in the process. They began sharing their creations across social media, and the #150mmChallenge was born.

The viral challenge caught the interest of blacksmiths from around the world. Their efforts resulted in an exhibition that toured Europe to much acclaim. Featuring playful figurative models, functional tools, and abstract sculptures, the challenge encouraged a creative exploration of technique, form, and concept. Curated and produced by Delyth Done, Hereford College of Arts’ Artist Blacksmithing Course Leader, this exhibition represents a sample of work inspired by the challenge, all created from a humble rectangle of steel.

RECEPTION & GALLERY TALK

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Gasparrini Galleries

Artwork by Daniel Freyne.

Artwork by Peter Braspenninx.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Australia

Denise Axelsen

Colin Dray

Don Gabriel

Will Maguire

 

Austria

Niki Fruhwirth

Thomas Hockstadt

Johannes Postlmayr

 

Belgium

Paul Dekker

Peter Ghequiere

Luc Vandecasteele

Philip Vercammen

 

Canada

Max Anderson

Shawn Cunningham

Tyler Dies

Timothy Dyck

Jake James

Matt Jenkins

Mark Puigmarti

 

Chile

Flavio Alejandro Parra

 

Denmark

Jokum Lind Jensen

England

Paul Ashmore

Sam Bailey

Rob Best

Tom Booth

Matthew Boultwood

Phil Carter

Jeremy Cash

Giles Clarke

Melissa Cole

Ben Davey

Alan Dawson

Jacob Edwards

David Field

Kit Garnett

Joe Garnett

Adam Greenwell

Callum Hargreaves

Jack Hedge

Alexander Hill

Tony Ingarfield

Rico Jordi-Slater

Jordan Kachellek

Guillaume Klein

Mischa Kunkel

J.S. Lunn & Sons

Stephen Lunn

Patrick Mannerings

Matt Mason

Sean McQuillan

Iain Moor

Peter Parkinson

Sam Pearce

Alex Pole

Henry Pomfret

James Price

Ben Pusey

Stuart Ryan 

Pete Smith

Ian Thackray

Archie Thompson

Elliot Warrington

Estonia

Urmas Luus

Villo Mustkivi

 

Finland

Jarkko Kaartilanmaki

Juhani Krappe

Juoko Nieminen

Onnellisen Sepan Paja

Sami Ryhanen

France 

Thomas Jackowski

Geoffroy Wiebel

Germany 

Martin Holl 

Simon Strobl 

Willhelm Weyer 

Ireland 

Michael Budd 

Aaron Michael O'Brien 

James O'Toole 

 

Israel 

Yoav Berger 

Jonatan Gat 

Zeevik Gottlieb 

 

Norway 

Monica Kjellman-Chapin 

Ask Martens 

 

Russia 

Egor Bavykin 

Yura Klementiev 

Kamaeva Tatiana 

Anton Yakushev 

 

Scotland 

Craig Forrest 

Mhairi Ann Fraser 

Daniel Freyne 

Colin Goldsmith 

Pete Hill 

Shona Johnson 

Vicky Martin 

Sweden 

Arttu Halkosaari 

Smedja Levay 

Switzerland 

Christoph Friedrich 

Flavian Naber 

 

Ukraine 

Sergiy Polubotko 

USA 

Cole Auriehio 

Elizabeth Belz 

Maxwell Bennett 

Victor Berhicci 

Curtis Bohn 

Thomas Boucher 

Peter Braspenninx 

Gabe Chaille 

Peter Clark 

Monica Coyne 

Addison De Lisle 

Michael Dillon 

Otto Engel 

John N. Erianne 

Jackson Fellows 

Jack Frost 

Matt Garton 

Lisa Geersten 

Jordan Graff 

Jorgen Alexander Harle 

Jason Hilley 

Emmit Hoyl 

Alexander Kamelhair 

Nathaniel King 

Caleb Kullman 

Mackenzie Martin 

Eric Monasterio 

Zack Noble 

Victoria Patti 

Reed Peck-Kriss 

Joshua Prince 

John Rigoni 

James Shephard 

Stuart Shirley 

John Switzer 

Jeff Van de Walker

Hayley Woodward

Willow Zietman 

 

Wales 

Ambrose Burne 

Huw Davies 

Max Freeman 

Danny Jones 

Dominic Powell 

Henry Roger-Jones 

ONGOING EXHIBITION & PROGRAMMING SUPPORT

Windgate Charitable Foundation

Hyde Family Foundations

ONGOING OPERATIONAL SUPPORT

ArtsMemphis

Tennessee Arts Commission

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