Exhibit by Aberson is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by artist, Brandon Reese.
“My work is motivated by life. An amalgamation of memories, images and relationships inspire all that I do,” explains artist Brandon Reese. Originally from Manhattan, Kansas, Reese received his BFA in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute where he became proficient in bronze, cast iron, steel, wood and ceramics. While in Kansas City, he apprenticed with Jim Leedy until pursuing a graduate degree specializing in ceramics at Bowling Green State University. There, Reese had the privilege of working with master ceramicist, Jun Kaneko, whose large scale pieces can be seen all over the world, including a public exhibition which lined Park Avenue in Manhattan in 2008. Reese’s talents did not go unnoticed as he worked with noteworthy artists like Kaneko, Don Reitz and Peter Voulkos so early in his career. While at Bowling Green, he focused on salt and wood firing for creating unusual and varied surfaces on each sculpture. His focus on experimentation and varying techniques relates to his belief that the best part of life is the process, “My art wears the fingerprints, cuts, dents and other texturing as a roadmap and documentation of its creation.”
Reese works primarily with stoneware and porcelain. His most recent pieces combine salt glazed stoneware and reclaimed native wood. Reese’s work is predominately known for its simple, familiar forms created in a variety of methods and at such large scales that the pieces push the traditional boundaries of ceramic art. When confronted with one of his monolithic structures, it is impossible to avoid the architectural associations that the almost skeletal forms bring about. Reese recalls his father’s influence as a home builder on his perspective and work, “I remember going through [the houses] when I was young, during the beginning of the building process. It was like being in two places at once. You were inside and outside simultaneously.” These interests in structural investigation and in understanding and defining space have fed Reese’s work to this day.
Reese works as an assistant professor in Oklahoma State University’s newly expanded ceramics department. In addition to teaching, Reese regularly exhibits his large-scale ceramic sculptures. His work has been exhibited in Germany, Taiwan and across the United States.
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