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 & ARTIST TALK

APR. 18, 2021

2PM CST

 

Online/Virtual

Artwork by Daniel Freyne.

Artwork by Peter Braspenninx.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS

Australia

Denise Axelsen

Colin Dray

Don Gabriel

Will Maguire

 

Austria

Nikolaus Frühwirth

Thomas Hochstädt

Johannes Postlmayr

 

Belgium

Paul Dekker

Peter Ghequière

Luc Vandecasteele

Philip Vercammen

 

Canada

Max Anderson

Shawn Cunningham

Tyler Dies

Timothy Dyck

Jake James

Matt Jenkins

Mark Puigmarti

 

Chile

Flavio Alejandro Parra Ortiz

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 

Jake Hedge 

Alexander Hill 

Tony Ingarfield 

Rico Jordi-Slater 

Jordan Kachellek 

Guillaume Klein 

Mischa Kunkel 

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 Thomson 

Elliott Warrington 

Jack Waygood 

J.S. Lunn & Sons 

Estonia

Urmas Lüüs

Villo Mustkivi

 

Finland

Arttu Halkosaari 

Jarkko Kaartilanmäki 

Juhani Krappe 

Jouko Nieminen 

Sami Ryhänen 

Onnellisen Sepän Paja 

France 

Thomas Jackowski

Geoffroy Wiebel

Germany 

Martin Holl 

Stefan Lacker

Simon Strobl

Wilhelm 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 

Tatiana Kamaeva 

Yura Klementiev 

Anton Yakushev 

Scotland 

Craig Forrest   

Mhairi Ann Fraser 

Daniel Freyne 

Colin Goldsmith 

Pete Hill 

Shona Johnson 

Vicky Martin 

Sweden 

Henke Levay

Switzerland 

Christoph Friedrich 

Flavian Naber 

 

Ukraine 

Sergiy Polubotko

USA 

Cole Aurichio

Elizabeth Belz

Maxwell Bennett 

Victor Bertucci 

Curtis A. 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 Geertsen 

Jordan Graff 

Jorgen Alexander Harle 

Jason Hilley 

Emmit Hoyl 

Alexander Kamelhair 

Than King 

Caleb Kullman 

Mackenzie Martin 

Eric Monasterio 

Zack Noble 

Victoria Patti 

Reed Peck-Kriss 

Joshua Prince 

John Rigoni 

J. Powers Shepard 

Stuart Shirley 

John Switzer  

Jeff Van de Walker      

Haley Woodward 

Willow Zietman 

 

Wales 

Ambrose Burne 

Huw Davies 

Max Freeman 

Danny Jones 

Dominic Powell 

Henry Rogers-Jones 

ONGOING EXHIBITION & PROGRAMMING SUPPORT

Windgate Charitable Foundation

Hyde Family Foundations

ONGOING OPERATIONAL SUPPORT

ArtsMemphis

Tennessee Arts Commission

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