Ben Buswell employs laborious surface embellishments to emphasizes the material qualities of new photo-based and fused glass sculptures.
Photo-based sculptures feature close-up images of obsidian, a naturally occurring volcanic glass, taken by Buswell at the Newberry National Volcanic Monument in Oregon. The glossy emulsion layer of each photograph is embellished by the artist with an accumulation of scratches and presented in an unusually shaped frame. For the fused glass sculptures, Buswell carefully pressed an embroidered US flag into a bed of white frit (silica granules), then heat fused the frit, resulting in a crystalline debossment.
Ben Buswell (b. 1974 in Dallas, Oregon) is based in Portland, Oregon. A Hallie Ford Fellow in the Visual Arts (2015), Buswell is also a two-time recipient of Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grants and recently completed a residency at Bullseye Glass in Portland. Notable solo exhibitions in addition to Upfor include Samuel Freeman, Los Angeles; The Art Gym at Marylhurst University and CoCA Seattle. He was included in the major group exhibitions Portland2012: A Biennial of Contemporary Art presented by Disjecta Contemporary Art Center and The Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum (2006).
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