Chicago artist Michael Joy coined the name line casting in 2002 when he developed this new proprietary artistic process. Although they appear to be 2D images, the works are actually 3D wall hangings transformed using a durable cast stone material (Catstone) with the look and feel of large glazed ceramic tiles. The imagery stems from a collection of antique blueprints Michael discovered inside of cabinets that he purchased from an industrial auction many years ago. These elegant, mechanically engineered landscapes provided him with a fantastic structural canvas to work with. While experimenting with drawing onto the blueprints, Michael discovered that using a collage technique allowed his subconscious mind to reign free over the image and provided the best results. He then uses a combined engraving and mold making process to transfer his collages onto the durable and dense cast stone composite. To add a bit of functionality to the imagery, Michael modified each line casting with a functioning quartz time movement.
The collages have the look and feel of technical illustrations and each line casting holds some sort of meaning to Michael. For Chubby Fish, the piece honors his pet goldfish Arty who he imagines looks in on him from time to time. For Bug Eye, he talks about the summer months filling his garden with determined bugs drifting from one plant to the next.
These images are spontaneous and free … not over analyzed by my conscious mind. Where ever they originate from, I am happy to have found a way for this quiet voice to have a place in my artistic expression.You can purchase these Line Casting Clocks at his website.