Benjamin Brown was born in New Hampshire in 1975. In 1998, he was introduced to glass and a fascination with the molten material captivated him. Brown’s obsessive nature lends itself to an intense immersion in his subject matter. He integrates steel and other media into his work to strengthen his voice and explore in sculpture the inherent and individual qualities of the materials he employs. In 2007 Brown graduated with distinction from The California College of the Arts in Oakland, California, where he currently works and resides with his family.
2007: California College of the Arts
BFA, with distinction
2004: Pilchuck Glass School
Stanwood, WA (Session 4)
Bullseye Resource Center
2007: Evolved Clarity
San Francisco, CA
2006: A Leaf Falls, Loneliness
The CCA Glass League Exhibition
PUBLICATIONS AND REVIEWS
Glass Quarterly, #106, Spring 2007, pp. 43-44
Suzanne Diamond, San Francisco, CA
What level of tension is sustainable within a given system? This question informs my processes in both life and art. In particular, the dynamic nature of a system that is balanced, however precariously, at the maximum level of tension that is possibly sustainable captivates me.
My work embraces the edges of the relationship between glass and metal. Metal represents rigid form. Glass, alternately, is transparent, reflective and sharp; a strong material with a weak reputation.
There is the interaction of the fragile and volatile nature of the materials, the tension and harmony that these forms can sustain, and the qualities of translucency and solidity that serve as metaphor and exploration of layers of meaning and being.