Ben Young’s sculpture fluidly blends glass, concrete, bronze, steel, and light to depict romantic and pensive imagery highlighting the fragility of our climate and its most precious resource – water. Born in Australia and raised in New Zealand, Young is an avid surfer and environmentalist, inspired by a lifetime on and around oceans, bays, and reefs, with an intimate understanding of the challenges our precious ecosystems face.
Young’s thought-provoking sculpture shows great range, portraying the beauty and solitude of life on the ocean, haunting depths of the deep sea, and stunning and relaxing upside of island life. Water is many things to many people, which Young encapsulates brilliantly in his work, encompassing themes of sustainability throughout.
Using concrete to create mountains, crevasses, sand bars, and cliffs, Young’s innovative use of materials is transportative. With hand-carved glass as his guiding medium, Young amplifies light and its relationship with water – our most sacred element – to create a glowing unity that people from around the world connect with on a personal level, whether they are beachside or in the Desert.
Ben Young’s exhibition Delicate Space at Chesterfield Gallery is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the Western Hemisphere and will be a comprehensive showing of his most recent works.
Young has previously shown with Chesterfield Gallery at The Salon Art + Design at The Park Avenue Armory in New York, Art Wynwood in Miami, and the gallery’s former spaces on the Upper East Side and Lower East Side. Young has had solo exhibitions in Singapore and New Zealand, group exhibitions in Chicago, Sydney, and Taipei, and was part of Fired Up: Glass Today, a landmark exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut.
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Dimensions: H 15 in. x W 7 in. x D 7 in. (H 39cm x W 17cm x D 17cm)
Medium: Laminated float glass, cast concrete, and stainless steel (base)
Artist First Name: Ben
Artist Last Name: Young