Sentiments of the Sublime

Ben Young

October 6 – November 5, 2017

Press Release

What began as personal and single expression for the unbridled beauty of the sea has developed into a practice that comprises the many and collective perspectives of the relationship between man and nature. In creating work, by hand, that makes reference to the myriad of perspectives and experiences of others, Young’s work is both deeply personal to the viewer and at the same time exploring subject matter that is universal, connecting Young, his work and his viewers in a moment of awe and nostalgia.

 

Young’s sculpture is intricate, each plane of glass contributing to a pattern that mimics the rippled surface of the sea and land. His deep respect of nature is apparent in the respect of his material, each plane handled and sanded with the knowledge that it plays an important role in contributing to an overall texture that seems to take on a life of its own.

 

His individual and considered treatment of his material allows each tiny undulation to create a whole that embodies the immensity and supremacy of the elements. The reminder that we are subordinate to nature is one relevant and important to many as we fixate with aspects of our lives that can seem trivial when confronted with the power of the land and seascape.

 

The contrast in Young’s work is commanding. On the one hand the detail and figurines in his work lends itself to an individual’s appreciation of craftsmanship and of memory. On the other, his work comments on the unfathomable enormity of nature. It is this contrast that has allowed for a meaningful connection between viewer and sculpture, as we see ourselves in his work and see something else entirely – too massive to articulate, but strangely grounding also.