Mound Town. Mound Town originated from an obsession with building snowmen and a continued obsession of using vinyl and found objects as an art medium. At some point I found myself needing to break away from the standard snowman concept and own it. From there I realized that I didn't have to wait for snow to create because if you look, mounds spring up everywhere - during every season. It has become my mission to profile these pile ups of debris found in the corners of our world one mound at a time. But their life span is fleeting and in order to capture these mythical creatures in their natural environment I have to act fast.
If I can point to some kind of internal influence or artistic guidance when creating mounds it would be equal parts Jim Henson, Maurice Sendak and nature artist Andy Goldsworthy.
Skate Sculptures. In the same spirit as the mounds, I pluck unique pieces of driftwood from the rivers, lakes, oceans, and forests that surround me and give them a chance to shine in a new light. I am most interested in pieces that have their own style, flow, and attitude.The wood finds their wheels and together they are uplifted. As a kid who grew up in the heyday of skateboard culture this is also a way for me to honor both the wheel and the wood.
Feb. 28, 2017, Recollection examines the notions of race and culture we encounter growing up in the United States. Shared through reimagined learning tools and remembered narratives, this work explores how we collect these formative ideas about identity and commit them to memory. This collection of work from artist Ben Blount includes letterpress prints, handmade books, and various interactive elements. Photo of Ben Blount by Yvette Meltzer