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.