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Benjamin Hunt

2325 D St.
Sacramento, CA 95816, U.S.A.
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Phone: 408 712-4828     Fax: 408 712-4828
Email: benhunt404@gmail.com
URL: http://www.benhuntartwork.com

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Benjamin Hunt

2325 D St. Sacramento CA. 95816. 

(408) 712-4828.

benhunt404@gmail.com 

www.benhuntartwork.com

 

Biography

Ben Hunt was born and raised in San Diego, California. He received both a Bachelors of Fine Art and a Masters of Fine Art in Spatial Art from San José State University in 2000 and 2008 respectively. While studying at SJSU, Ben worked as lead studio assistant to prominent Bay Area sculptors David Middlebrook and Randall Shiroma, as well as Graduate Technical Assistant to artist David Kimball Anderson. In 2008, Ben was invited to be the Visiting Artist and Guest Lecturer in Sculpture at Idaho State University and was the recipient of the International Sculpture Centers award for Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture. He was also a resident in the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission “Emerging Public Artist Residency” program in 2011. Most recently, Ben participated in “Broadway Augmented”, a virtual reality public art project produced by the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission, California State University, Sacramento and the Greater Broadway Partnership (the Business Association for the Broadway neighborhood in the project took place). At present, Ben is an Adjunct Lecturer in Sculpture at California State University, Sacramento and is an exhibition Preparator at the Crocker Art Museum. Ben resides in Sacramento.

 

Artist Statement

I have had a long time interest in seemingly ordinary everyday objects such as collectible and utilitarian items. I am fascinated by how an object such as a photograph, a piece of furniture or old toys can become a marker of time to a collector. My current work has been focused on creating objects that imbue a sense of captured time and nostalgia through their design, aesthetics and contents. Appropriated photographic imagery and reproduced cast metal objects have been incorporated into my current body of work to emphasize nostalgia and memory, both diminished and reconstructed. I am intrigued by the fragile and seemingly deceptive nature of photographic memory and recollection. The manner in which I work has been a reflection of my observations of passing time, growth and nostalgia contained within the framework of blurred memory.

Clarity and simplicity have been the ultimate goals of my studio practice. My work is constructed by systematically layering materials and imagery upon themselves in order to create volume and texture. The manner in which I work has been a reflection of my observations of commercial production, consumer consumption and growth on both natural and industrial sense of the word. The majority of my work is fabricated out of recycled materials and reclaimed, reconstructed and appropriated imagery and cast metal objects.

Education

2008             MFA, Spatial Arts- Sculpture. San José State University.

2000             BFA, Spatial Arts- Sculpture. San José State University.

Current Professional Experience

2009-           Museum Preparator

present       Crocker Art Museum. 216 O st. Sacramento CA. 95814

Duties and responsibilties under direction of curators include, but are not limited to:

·      Preparation and painting of galleries and exhibition spaces.

·      Pick up, movement, placement and installation of all art objects.

·      Fabrication and alteration of museum furniture and mounts.

·      Custodial maintenance of all artwork.

2011 -          Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer. California State University, Sacramento

present       Art Department

Courses taught as instructor of record: Art 70: Form, Space and Vision, Art 88: Beginning Sculpture, Art 127: Collage and Assemblage.

Educational Experience

2011 -          Adjunct Faculty, California State University, Sacramento

present       Art Department

Courses taught as instructor of record: Art 70: Form, Space and Vision, Art 88: Beginning Sculpture, Art 127: Collage and Assemblage.

2008-09      Visiting Artist & Lecturer, Idaho State University.

                     Department of Art and Pre-Architecture. Pocatello, ID.

Courses taught as instructor of record: Introduction to Sculpture, Intermediate Sculpture, Advanced Sculpture, Professional Practice & Display Seminar and Independent Studies (Undergraduate and graduate level.)

Fall 2007     Graduate Teaching Assistant

San Jose State University School of Art & Design under Professor John McClusky, Industrial Design 31.

 

Spr. 2007    Graduate Teaching Assistant

San Jose State University School of Art & Design under Associate Professor Shannon Wright

Art 13: 3-D Concepts

 

Related Professional Experience

2009-11      Art Fabrication & Special Metals Finishing

The Art Foundry. 1021 R st. Sacramento CA. 95811

Skills and responsibilities:

·      Complete knowledge of lost wax method of metal casting; both ceramic shell and standard investment.

·      Welding: MIG, TIG and Oxy/Acetylene.

·      All aspects of metal finishing: welding, chasing, polish and patina.

·      Maintenance of facilities and equipment.

·      Rigging and Installation

 

 

 

2005-08      Graduate Assistant Technician, San José State University

San José State University Sculpture Foundry

San José State University School of Art and Design, San José, CA.

Duties and responsibilities: Maintenance of facilities and equipment, assist on metal casting crews and assist students and faculty in classroom and studio.

1997-2005        

Lead Studio Assistant.

David Middlebrook Studio.  Montevino Road, Los Gatos, CA.  (408) 354-2442. 

Specializing in stone and bronze site-specific sculpture.

Duties and responsibilities:

·      Work in all aspects of lost wax process of cast bronze sculpture.

·      Weld and finish Bronze castings.

·      Metal fabrication.

·      Stone carving and finishing.

·      Assist on-site installation.

2003-2005        

Lead Studio Assistant.    

Randall Shiroma Studio. Oakland Ca. (501) 632-5280

Specializing in stone and concrete sculpture.

Duties and responsibilities:

·      Metal fabrication

·      Stone carving and finishing

·      Assist on-site installation.

 

Exhibitions

2014             A Vision for Broadway,  Robert Matsui Gallery in Sacramento City Hall.

Memory Pore, Axis Gallery. Sacramento CA.

2012            Linear & Non-Linear Possibilities, Gallery 1075. West Sacramento CA.

                     Home Works, Robert T. Matsui Gallery. Sacramento City Hall, Sacramento CA. (Solo)

2011            Wood, Tangent Gallery. Sacramento California

2010            Big Name, Small Art. Crocker Art Museum annual fine art benefit auction.

2009            Benjamin Hunt: Current Work. Gate City Fine Art Gallery. Pocatello ID. (Solo)

  Idaho State University Department of Art & Pre-Architecture Faculty Show.

John B. Davis. Gallery. Pocatello, ID.

2008             Reclamation, Reconstructions and Other Grey Areas,

John B. Davis Gallery. Idaho State University. Pocatello ID. (Solo)

Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.

International Sculpture Center. Hamilton, N.J. Jurors: Mary Ceruti, director of the                   Sculpture Center Long Island City, New York; Dennis Oppenheim, Sculptor, New York; Robert Roesch, Chair of Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Crater Bay Area, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art. San José, CA.

The Grey Area, Gallery 3 San José. (Solo)

State University, San José, CA.

100/100, BackWater Art Gallery. San Jose, CA.

Lift Off, San Jose Institute for Contemporary Art, San José, CA.

Big, Red and Shiny II, Art Ark Gallery Commons, San José, CA.

2007             Fragments, Frameworks & Foundations, (Solo). Pre-thesis

exhibition, Gallery 3 San José State University, San José, CA.

Intersections, Art Ark Gallery Commons, San José, CA.

RE-CRE-ART, The Ol’Factory Café, Sand City, CA.

Open Studios, Art Ark Gallery Commons, San José, CA.

Specter, (solo) Gallery 5, San José State University, San José, CA.

Caged, (Solo) 12 & Taylor, San José, CA.

Cross Contamination III, Gallery 3, San José State University, San José, CA.

2006             Reclamation, (Solo). Gallery 5, San José State University, San José, CA.

Cross Contamination II, Herbert Sanders, San José State

 University, San José, CA.

Group Sculpture, Linda Durnell Gallery, Los Gatos, CA.

 

2005             Current Work, (Solo) Gallery 8