New series of glass sculptures by Sydney-based artist Ben Young. A self-taught artist who has been making glass sculpture for over 15 years, Young’s works are hand drawn, hand cut and handcrafted from clear sheet float glass, then laminated layer upon layer to create the final form. The complexity comes from the planning phase where he states that he does "a lot of thinking before I even start to draw or cut." He sketches the concepts by hand and creates a plan using traditional technical drawing techniques.
The way I use the glass enables me to portray so many different elements of my conceptual ideas. Lighting plays a large part in the presentation of my pieces. When lit from beneath, the light reflects and gives off the illusion of the piece being brought to life. I hope viewers might imagine the work as something “living” that creates the illusion of space, movement, depth and sense of spatial being. I like to play with the irony between the glass being a solid material and how I can form such natural and organic shapes.