My work has taken a position in-between quantitative and qualitative exploration and analysis. Information and research drive the work, as does materiality and experience.
This investigation takes the form of glass and metal objects that exist throughout the spectrum of functionality. By taking advantage of the chemical and physical properties of materials, I am able to present objects and material in a phenomenological format in dialogue with our material bodies and human experience.
Material studies, technical exploration, and aesthetic curiosity are the primary apparatus of this work. I am interested in the history of the development of material technologies and the process through which this development occurs. This work and these objects call into question the boundary between aesthetic and practical purpose and seek to inhabit the moment when material exploration becomes function and technology.
Bryan Kekst Brown is an artist currently working out of Philadelphia, PA. His work exists across the spectrum of functionality and is primarily composed of metal and glass. Bryan received his BFA in Sculpture & Expanded Practice from Ohio University and his MFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM from Tyler School of Art. Bryan has participated in residencies at Pilchuck Glass School, Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and most recently at Ohio State University. His work has been shown nationally and internationally and has been published in Metalsmith Magazine and New Glass Review. Currently, Bryan is continuing research into jewelry, the human relationship with material, objects, and time, and the interaction between glass and metal.