Artist Statement

What is the relationship between the interior and exterior nature of form, and how does one’s feeling for a form vary depending on whether one is aware of its interior as volume, or its exterior as object? My current work investigates these questions. In my jewelry I use wire as line, defining a variety of geometric forms. These objects enclose space, but leave it transparent, so that the interior and exterior concepts can be sensed simultaneously. The wire implies form, leaving its completion to the imagination.

Bio

Ben Neubauer is a graduate of Oberlin College and Oregon College of Art and Craft, where he majored in metals and studied with Jan Baum and Christine Clark. While a student, he was awarded the Educational Endowment Scholarship from the Society of North American Goldsmiths, was a two-time finalist and a winner in the Student Niche Awards, was honored three times in the school’s Annual Juried Student Show, and received the school’s Annual Merit Award. His style is abstract and geometric, betraying an interest in natural and architectural form. His work has been included in a number of juried exhibitions, and he is represented by several leading galleries. Upon graduating from OCAC, Ben established a studio in Portland, Oregon. His current projects include private sculptural commissions and the introduction of a line of limited production jewelry.

Résumé

Education

2000 Certificate in Craft, Oregon College of Art and Craft
1998 Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Work/Study Assistant
Instructor: Alan Perry
1995 Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Work/Study Assistant Instructors: Beverly Penn, Martha Glowacki, Komelia Okim, Sarah Perkins
1993

School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Jewelry Fabrication
Instructor: Mary Hughs

1992 B.A. in Religion, Oberlin College

Exhibitions

2001 American Craft Council Baltimore/winter show
2000 Oregon College of Art and Craft, Thesis Show
1999 The Meadows Gallery, Materials Hard and Soft, Kenneth Trapp, Juror Oregon College of Art and Craft, First Place, Annual Juried Student Show
1998 VU Gallery, Western Washington University, Beyond Borders Oregon College of Art and Craft, Annual Juried Student Show
1997 The Meadows Gallery, Materials Hard and Soft, Michael Monroe, juror Oregon College of Art and Craft, Honorable Mention, annual Juried Student show
1996 Oregon College of Art and Craft, Honorable Mention, annual Juried Student show

Scholarships, Awards, and Commissions

2000 Niche Student Awards, Finalist
1999 Society of North American Goldsmiths, Educational Endowment Scholarship
  Niche Student Awards, Winner, Metal: Non-wearable, Functional
  Oregon College of Art and Craft, Annual Merit Award
1998 Oregon College of Art and Craft. Annual Commission Award