I think of my art objects as incomplete shadows of purer versions of themselves. Each piece’s essence exists in a non-material and abstract space, which I try to feel out and crudely execute. Working in an additive manner using the humble materials surrounding me, I seek out a sort of Alien Primitivism, employing my subconscious, dreams, intuition, and learned sculptural tropes to create these hybrid forms. The idea of accessing the immaterial through the material is important to me. This Romantic approach is balanced with a dystopian and multi-faceted perspective concurrent with the culture in which I find myself. I’m interested in responding to the exponential speed at which information is shared today and in the pluralistic way in which we can process this information.
Ben Pederson was born in 1979 in Grand Rapids Michigan and received his B.A. in Studio Art from Aquinas College in 2003. He went on to obtain his M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Massachusetts, which he received in 2007. After graduate school Ben moved to New York where he works as an art handler and continues to make and show work. In 2013 Ben was invited to be the resident artist at Materials For The Arts in Queens, NY, as well as a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.