Residing in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand, Ben Young is a self-taught artist who has been making glass sculpture for over 15 years and has exhibited alongside well-known glass artists both internationally and in Australia.
Each of Young’s sculptural works are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted from clear sheet float glass, then laminated layer upon layer to create the final form. He constructs models, draws templates, makes custom jigs and then cuts the layers with a glazier’s hand-tool. The complexity comes from the planning phase, where he says ‘I do a lot of thinking before I even start to draw or cut’. He then sketches the concept by hand and creates a plan using traditional technical drawing techniques: ‘I work with 2D shapes and have to figure out how to translate that into a 3D finished piece. Sometimes my starting point changes dramatically as I have to find a way to layer the glass to create certain shapes.’
‘The way I use the glass enables me to portray so many different elements of my conceptual ideas’, he says. ‘Lighting plays a large part in the presentation of my pieces. When lit from beneath, the light reflects and gives off the illusion of the piece being brought to life. I hope viewers might imagine the work as something “living” that creates the illusion of space, movement, depth and sense of spatial being. I like to play with the irony between the glass being a solid material and how I can form such natural and organic shapes.’
Ben Young is a technically finessed glass artist who creates explorations of the local landscape through evocative glass forms. Each work offers a unique tension been industrial materiality and organic subject matter.
Ben Young Works Available From Black Door Gallery
"Oceans Apart" will be on show and available for viewing at Black Door Gallery until August 10, 2017. This work has now sold.
Previous Exhibition Pieces And Commissions By Ben Young
Ben Young accepts commission requests. Black Door Gallery works closely with clients to achieve beautiful commissioned outcomes. A rewarding process to secure a truly unique artwork. Contact the gallery for more information. Due to the highly technical nature of these works please allow a minimum of 3 months for commissions to be completed.