Light Undulates Through Delicate Sheets of Glass in Ben Young’s Sculptural Seascapes



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#Ben Young
#concrete
#glass
#sculpture
#water

December 28, 2023

Kate Mothes

“Hidden Layers” (2023). Laminated float glass, cast concrete, stainless steel, and white bronze, 22 x 16 x 8 inches. All images © Ben Young, courtesy of Chesterfield Gallery, shared with permission

Crystal-clear layers of aqua-tinted glass form cross-sections of deep oceans and dramatic geology in Ben Young’s sculptures (previously). Continuing his exploration of the relationship between humans and the natural world, the artist combines materials typically associated with industry and construction, like concrete, steel, and laminated float glass, into undulating shorelines and seascapes.

New pieces in Young’s forthcoming solo exhibition Delicate Space at Chesterfield Gallery appear like preternaturally still, miniaturized wedges of the earth, plucked from the surface and deposited onto pedestals or into bronze frames. “Water, a recurring subject for me, with its ceaseless journey, serves as the central subject for this exhibition,” the artist says in a statement. “As water flows through landscapes, carves valleys, and traverses ecosystems, it embodies nature’s tenacity, always seeking balance.”

Delicate Space runs from January 6 to 31 at Chesterfield Gallery in New York City, and you can find more on Young’s website and Instagram.

 

A detail of a sculpture made of concrete, steel, and layers of glass that depicts a mountaintop above the surface of water with a sailboat nearby.

Detail of “Hidden Layers”

A sculpture made of concrete, steel, and layers of glass that depicts an abstracted rocky shoreline.

“Tidal Balance” (2023), laminated float glass, cast concrete, and stainless steel (base), 15 x 7 x 7 inches

A sculpture made of concrete, steel, and layers of glass that depicts an abstracted rocky coastline with a tiny lighthouse on top.

“Guidance” (2023), laminated float glass, cast concrete, stainless steel, and white bronze, 26 x 11 x 10 inches

Detail of a small lighthouse on a cliff atop a cube of water made from glass.

Detail of “Guidance”

A group of geometric sculptures made from glass, steel, and concrete, displayed on plinths.

Works in ‘Delicate Space’

A triangular metal frame containing layers of glass resembling water, which is inverted into a triangular slab of concrete that resembles a mountain.

“Dance of Balance” (2023), laminated float glass, cast concrete, and stainless steel, 26 x 24 x 5 inches

A geometric sculpture made from metal, concrete, and glass.

“Continuum” (2023), laminated float glass, cast concrete, and stainless steel, 15 x 16 x 5 inches

A geometric sculpture made from metal, concrete and glass in an overall rectangular shape.

“Altered Perspective” (2023), laminated float glass, cast concrete, and stainless steel, 16 x 22 x 5 inches

#Ben Young
#concrete
#glass
#sculpture
#water

 

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