It's that time of year, Halloween, when people start acting funny, dressing up and setting things on fire. In short, it's the perfect time for an iron pour. Indulge your passion for very hot things at the Devil's Night Iron Pour, scheduled for the evening of Saturday, Oct. 28, and coinciding with the artists'-preview reception of the IN/FORM 6 art exhibition at the Lemp Brewery complex.
Not sure what an iron pour is? In its simplest definition, an iron pour is a communal event at which people fire up a very hot furnace, melt hundreds of pounds of iron and pour it into molds to create artworks. Iron pours have a lot in common with performance art and "happenings" in that they are loosely scripted, involve a committed cast of participants, are performed in front of an audience -- and their outcomes remain unpredictable. The Devil's Night Iron Pour might just end up involving a lot of unscripted audience participation -- the enthusiastic organizers insist that all audience members are technically participants in the pour.
Much of the enthusiasm, and most of the organization of the event, belongs to Andrew Marsh, an M.F.A. candidate in sculpture at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. The iron pour is technically a tribute to Tom Gipe, retiring professor of sculpture at SIUE, who has conducted 22 such events at the university, establishing himself as a major national figure in the field. Marsh, one of Gipe's students, oozes his passion for metal from his very pores. He's managed to excite interest across the country in this event, so it promises to be large in scope and truly exciting, whether one decides to participate or merely observe.
While you're at it, don't forget to visit IN/FORM 6, which showcases art in all media. The exhibition, a deserved darling of the St. Louis art scene, officially opens with a reception from 5:30-10 p.m. Nov. 1.