Eskenazi Hall, Herron School of Art and Design, Indianapolis, IN, 46202
This hollow, figural sculpture was likely cast in multiple segments of aluminum, then welded together. The interior and exterior surfaces are uncoated. The sculpture is bolted to the square concrete pedestal at the proper left leg. There is a plaque at the front of the pedastal that reads, “Casey Eskridge / TORSO FRAGMENT / 2005”. *The loan agreement says that it is signed on the lower left leg. The artist describes the dimensions as 36 x 24 x 24 inches.
Torso Fragment, a public sculpture by American artist Casey Eskridge, is located on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campus, which is near downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. The piece is on loan from the artist to IUPUI and is located outside of the west entrance to Eskenazi Hall on IUPUI’s campus. Eskenazi Hall houses Indiana University’s Herron School of Art and is located at 735 W. New York Street in Indianapolis. The sculpture was created in 2005.
Torso Fragment resembles a sculpture from classical antiquity, except instead of being carved in stone, it has been formed from aluminum. The artist was clearly influenced by the classical sculpture developed during the 5th century BC in ancient Greece, seen particularly in its exaggerated contrapposto form. The torso twists in a classical S curve, with the proper right thigh extending forward and its counterpart—the proper left thigh—in a flexed, straight position.
Torso Fragment, created for Herron’s first Sculpture Invitational on view from May 2005 to August 2006, is one of three sculptures by Casey Eskridge installed throughout the campus of IUPUI. The other two works are a commissioned bust of the fictional “patron saint of nurses,” St. Camillus de Lellis, installed in the School of Nursing, and a bust of Dr. Joseph T. Taylor, the first dean of the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.
Casey Eskridge grew up in rural Indiana and earned his B.F.A. from the Herron School of Art & Design in 1997. He later received his M.F.A. from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. As a sculptor, Eskridge is best known for a “naturalistic approach to the figure, recognizing human imperfections and the character within the figure.” He currently divides his time between Indianapolis and Avondale, PA.
More information is available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torso_Fragment
Date created: 2005