Ben Butler, an exploration of new ways of making sculptural forms.
Ben Butler, Biography
Ben Butler received a B.A. from Bowdoin College in 2000 and an M.F.A. in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. Solo exhibitions of his sculptures and drawings have been shown in Chicago at Zg Gallery, in New York at Coleman Burke Gallery and Plane Space, at John Davis Gallery in Hudson New York, and at Suyama Space in Seattle, among other venues. He is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Individual Artist Grant and has attended numerous artist residencies including the MacDowell Colony, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Ucross Foundation. He was recently commissioned by Hyatt Regency Chicago to create a series of sculptures and a mural for their newly renovated lobby. He currently lives in Quogue, New York and Memphis, Tennessee and is an Assistant Professor of Art at Rhodes College.
ArtsAccelerator 2013 Project
My proposed project involves an exploration of new materials and processes that would represent a significant expansion of my current sculpture practice. Specifically, I will explore experimental casting and mold-making processes that would facilitate a number of both artistic and practical goals, allowing the creation of large-scale work, permanent outdoor work, and other ventures.
For me, the ArtsAccelerator Grant provides the support and motivation for exploring genuinely new and experimental work. It allows me to step away from the familiar rhythm of an established studio practice and engage in a focused project that is designed to challenge my current modes of working without the daunting sense of risk that usually accompanies such a venture. I will be working in a new medium and exploring a range of new processes in an effort to expand my creative process, and this grant serves as an invaluable catalyst for that expansion.
By the spring, I hope to generate a good number of smaller experimental sculptures in cast plaster and concrete, as well as at least one large-scale project in response to those experiments. Another important goal of this project is to develop an understanding of how concrete casting techniques might be applied effectively to in the creation of permanent outdoor sculpture.
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