Fred Maltzan

01/11/18 – 01/28/18 |

Today my art is anything but precise or close tolerance. In a society that is over scheduled and technologically infused, my work involves getting back to blacksmithing basics: metal, fire, hammer, and anvil. Throughout the years, I tried to work with other mediums such as wood and plastic only to realize that I. Love. Metal! When forging metal, it needs to be heated to a high temperature, because only then it can be forged into the desired shape. Wind is created by use of the bellows. When oxygen is added to fire, the temperature of fire increases. Water is used to quench the steel to achieve strength and a beautiful patina. My inspiration for creating sculpture comes to me when journeying to places like the industrial sections of Paterson and Newark, New Jersey. My attention focuses on old broken down abandoned buildings in various stages of dilapidation. I am truly amazed by the strength and all the shapes of these beautiful structures. My teacher James, a renowned blacksmith artist whose work is installed all over New York City, is by far my greatest influence. James once came to me and asked, “Why do you want to only forge tools?” Well, I gave him an answer, and he replied, “Stop making tools and start making sculptures that no one has ever made before!” This was the most profound statement of my life. At that moment I truly became an emerging artist.