Brandon Ballengée, ‘DFA 186 Hades’, 2012, Ronald Feldman Fine Arts

cleared and stained deformed multi-limbed Pacific treefrog from Aptos, CA

About Brandon Ballengée

Originally trained as a biologist, Brandon Ballengée employs photography and collage to address the natural world of insects and animals. Interested in the relationship between science as a tool to study the natural world and its role as the driving force behind the unintended destruction of the environment, he often works in collaboration with biologists and ecologists to document phenomena such as toads and frogs that suffer the effects of pollution or the extinction of certain bird species. In a 2007 series, Ballengée carefully excised from John James Audubon’s well-known prints the images of birds that have recently become extinct. “My practice as a scientist informs and inspires my art,” he says. “While conducting primary research biological studies, scientific methods and standards are rigorously followed. The art is an expression derived from these research experiences.” Ballengée participated in the 2005 Venice Biennale.

American, b. 1974

Solo Shows

2016
Art Museum, 
Laramie, WY, United States,
Land: A Survey of Works by Brandon Ballengée
2015
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 
Omaha, NE, United States,
Collapse
2015
Nowhere Gallery, 
Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy,
A Habit of Deciding Influence and Other Stories