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Making Art with Liquid Fire

Making Art with Liquid Fire

The Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation will host Making Art with Liquid Fire by New York artist Michael Dominick and the Manhattan Iron Project on Saturday August 22, 2015 from 3-5pm. The leather-clad artisans will create paintings with white-hot, 2800 degree, molten iron. Also in our galleries: The Many Faces of Abstraction, a show of Pennsylvania-based abstract artists closes August 15, 2015, and On the Wall, an exhibit featuring AS Foundation artists opens August 22, continuing into the Summer 2016 season.

Born in Buffalo, NY during its peak steel production years, Michael Dominick has developed a technique of painting with molten iron on archival drawing paper without  igniting the paper. He is notorious for destroying what doesn’t make the cut. Influenced by Immanuel Kant, Marcel Duchamp, Wassily Kandinsky, the Gutai Collective, Yves Klein, Jackson Pollack, Richard Serra and Cai Guo-Qiang, a contemporay Chinese artist living and working in NYC; Dominick revels in the chaos of experimental foundry practice, likening his visual poetry to a “bouillabaisse seasoned with 24 carat gold, oil paint, molten iron and charred paper.”

Dominick writes: “After sculpting in cast iron for 20 years, I am revisiting painting and using molten iron like paint. Liquid fire runs on a collision course with the picture plane as gestural strokes and splashes: dynamic and wildly unpredictable chaotic marks scorch the surface and burn down into the layered paper.”

Making Art with Liquid Fire reprises this unique process that was first presented at the AS Art Foundation as “Some Like It Hot” in 2008. For this show, Dominick and the Manhattan Iron Project will be firing up a custom-made iron furnace that was specifically designed for close-quarters, molten iron activities with a live audience. The AS Foundation is proud to welcome Dominick back again to Jim Thorpe for another dynamic and visually compelling art performance.

The AS Art Foundation is located at 20 West Broadway Street in Jim Thorpe, PA 18229, and open Sat-Sun 11-5, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is free for the August 22 performance. Rain date is August 23, 11-2pm. Details at: or 570-325-5815.



Joel Lebow

Visual Memoires, Joel Le Bow

Joel LeBow’s art career began in New York in the 1950’s. Although a student of Franz Kline, Joel’s images in no way resemble the work of Kline. Instead, what he learned from Kline was to love paint itself, moving boldly with each brush stroke, giving it life and movement. Later in life, LeBow’s work retained it’s roots in abstract expressionism, but moved on to utilize the archetypal human figure as well as other forms derived from nature to express the human condition and its haunting memories. His artwork varies from watercolor, to acrylic, oil and even mixed media. LeBow’s earliest years as an abstract expressionist still holds a place in his current work which now hovers between the abstract and symbolic realism. Suffering from allergies to paint, Joel has changed his medium in recent years to a water soluble oil, in order to continue his oil painting.
“My mission over the past 60 years has been to make people remember and to feel.”

Joel LeBow’s works have been widely exhibited over the past sixty years and are represented in public, private, and corporate collections throughout the United States, Japan, Russia, China, Germany, Norway, and Ireland. He has exhibited in over 40 solo shows, 44 juried exhibits, 25 selected invitational shows and over 50 gallery group showings. He has called many cities home, including New York and Philadelphia. For the past 24 years LeBow has painted and lived in Jim Thorpe, PA. At the age of 81, Joel LeBow is Jim Thorpe’s most respected artist, part of the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation’s permanent collection, and has donated his work to the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

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The Anita Shapolsky Foundation
20 West Broadway, Jim Thorpe, PA 18229

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The galleries are open on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day.