Kelly R Ludeking
Kelly graduated from MCAD (Minneapolis College of Art & Design) in 1997 with a BFA in sculpture and furniture design. Here he was introduced to the feral fires of iron casting and the precision of fine furniture crafting. Ludeking has participated in, facilitated and hosted over one hundred iron pours since. In 2008 he co-founded Ironhead Sculptural Services, LLC, a traveling iron foundry that shares the art and appreciation of cast iron sculpture and performances with local community members. In his personal art, he explores the intimate creative process from mould making to molten mayhem to masterpieces. He also teaches welding to garden sculpture aficionados, hosts aluminum medallion pours for family reunions and corporate events and co-creates with visionaries to manifest their ideas.
Casting metal is a way for me to experiment with a fluid entity. I suggest a shape through a chosen pattern, sand-cast it, and then allow the molten metal to choose it’s own, final body. The pieces are often reminiscent of ancient shipwreck finds or archeological dig relics.
My found object welded pieces are quite the opposite experience from pouring metal, especially iron, since iron pours require my beloved iron tribe . My found object pieces are a much more intimate process between myself and cast-off metal that I give a new life through welded sculpture.
Both art forms feed very different and vital parts of my soul.