Workshops and Lectures  
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Workshops and Lectures
IRA SHERMAN

THE PROSTHETIC AESTHETIC
Sherman's intricately formed and fabricated mechanical sculptures meld fact and
fantasy with his definition of "The Prosthetic Aesthetic". Sherman will give a brief
introduction to the use of prosthesis over the past 200 years and analyze the inspiration
of his peculiar mechanical aesthetic. Using mechanical components, exoskeleton
forms, cyborgish, prosthetic and medical imagery, Sherman's sculptures present a
humorous and penetrating vision of the clash between our techno-mechanical wizardry
and our social ills. Sherman's diverse background in biology, chemistry, goldsmithing
and mechanical engineering gives this presentation unusual scope and humor.
Sherman will show images and video of sculptures from his two traveling exhibitions
"Panaceas to Persistent Problems" and "Impenetrable Devices".


CAST AND FABRICATED COMPONENT DESIGN FOR THE JEWELER
Ira Sherman has developed a simple system to quickly design categorized and
produce one of a kind fine gold and platinum jewelry using molded cast components
and hand forged fabricated design elements.  This lecture covers these  techniques he
now uses at his jewelry studio and many slide images of his own work.  


MONUMENTAL SCULPTURE DESIGN FROM A JEWELERS PERSPECTIVE
Ira Sherman is one of the few artist today working in four very diverse metalsmithing
disciplines. He is a professional award winning  goldsmith,  liturgical art designer,  
designer and fabricator of mechanized sculpture and prosthetic devices and designer
and fabricator of  monumental sculpture.   Each of these disciplines use very a different
approach as to how the work is designed and marketed yet all have similar aesthetic
relationships.   Sherman will go through a brief history of his works using slides and
video and explain how each metalsmithing discipline are related through design yet
built on very different scale.


JUDAIC OBJECT DESIGN
Ira Sherman had designed and fabricated a large collection of personal and
institutional Judaic ceremonial objects.  His designs are represented in many
synagogues and private Judaic art collections.  This lecture will place emphasis on
contemporary Judaic design process and development evolving from  historical and
traditional Jewish ritual object design.
Lectures