In Ben Young‘s sculptural masterpieces, layers of aqua-tinted glass gracefully unveil cross-sections of deep oceans and dynamic geology, seamlessly merging the ethereal beauty of nature with industrial materials. His exploration of the intricate relationship between humanity and the natural world breathes life into undulating shorelines and mesmerizing seascapes (previous), employing an artistic language that fuses concrete, steel, and laminated float glass.
What was it that first drew you to art?
I have always been creative and loved making things. From a young age I was always in my Dad’s shed playing with different tools and making different things. I have dabbled with a lot of different mediums over the years but glass has always really captured me.
What inspires you?
I draw inspiration from nature and natural forms that can be found when exploring it. The ocean also is a huge part of my life which can bee seen in a lot of my work.
What is your process to create such beautiful glass sculptures?
My work is all hand made and very labour intensive, each piece of 4mm float glass is individually cut, sanded and glued to produce the final glass shape and then moulds and form work are built for concrete to be cast.
As Young introduces new pieces in his solo exhibition, “Delicate Space,” hosted at Chesterfield Gallery in New York City from January 6 to 31, the profound beauty of his art continues to captivate. To explore more of Young’s evocative creations, visit his website and follow him on Instagram, where each post unveils the poetic dance between the raw materials of industry and the delicate wonders of the natural world.