MECHANIZED SCULPTURE    IRA SHERMAN
Ira Sherman has been exploring the boundaries of metal fabrication and
design since the early 1970s, both as a highly successful custom
goldsmith and jeweler, and as an internationally recognized sculptor. His
sculptural work uses materials and shapes from science and
technology, yet “bio-engineered” to interact with the audience or viewer
in a uniquely human way. Many of Sherman’s pieces are, in fact,
“prostheses” created around a humorous social concept. These are
worn on the body, and may be shockingly intimate. Many of Sherman’s
sculptures have sensors that let them interact with the participant or the
audience. Parts of his current traveling exhibitions, "Panaceas to
Persistent Problems" and "Impenetrable Devices" have been displayed
in exhibitions in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel and Japan; the
Spertus Museum ,  the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery of the National
Museum of American Art , the Regional Transporation District of Denver
Public Art Collection and  the National Ornamental Metal Museum have
aquired Sherman art work for their permanent collections.

Recognizing the fascination his complex creations hold for the
mechanically minded, the computer-driven, sci-fi buffs, and sculpture-
lovers of the far out, Wired magazine included a feature on Sherman i,
labeling his sculptures as "appliance technology." Techno art curator
Laura McGough defines Sherman's sculpture as a "Performing
Prosthetic Aesthetic.....a cyborg body performance." Popular Mechanics
Magazine call Sherman's art the, "Ultimate Interactive Sculpture."
Sherman is a founding Chairperson of the Colorado Metalsmithing
Association, and is a 20 year member of Society of North American
Goldsmiths. He has helped developed programs for non-profit art
organizations as well as religious, educational and community
organizations.
                                                      
  - Charlie Lewis, CA Art
Copyright © 1998-2009 Ira D. Sherman   l  All rights reserved
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................It's as if medieval doctors were transported to some
futuristic-sounding year ... given free reign to unwilling subjects and a
metal shop. The machines are terrifying, to be sure, but there are also
delicately executed, elegant, and, you know, shiny.............                         
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Steampunk blog Make Magazine
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