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Benjamin Kellogg: State University of New York at New Paltz. Selected Graduate 2018

Published: 15.09.2018
Benjamin Kellogg.
. Photo by Lynn Batchelder. Benjamin Kellogg.
Photo by Lynn Batchelder.

Author:
State University of New York at New Paltz
Edited by:
Klimt02
Edited at:
Barcelona
Edited on:
2018
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Intro
Kellogg’s process is analytical and rule-based, yet the result are fresh and idiosyncratic. As a careful maker, Kellogg walks the line between work and wait, rational and random, always balancing expert craft and precision with unpredictable rules and results. These works present responses and conclusions to questions and self-designed problems, if only for the moment.
 
This collection presents the epitome of work that must be encountered to be truly appreciated and understood. Far from the static photograph, imagine the piece in hand. Through its nuanced details, mechanisms and movement, one gets drawn in to the engineering of carefully constructed systems and hidden components. The use of steel invites durable and mechanical applications, yet due to its accessibility, a sense of risk-taking is also evident in the scale and composition of these works. The wearer is keenly aware of each piece, large and dynamic on the body. As one moves through the work, they become a participant in the process, play, and evolution of these clever wearable systems.

/  Lynn Batchelder | Assistant Professor of Art, Metal Program.
 
State University of New York at New Paltz, United States.

Closer Approximations is the result of an iterative process situated within a framework that embraces both practice and play. Formal conclusions emerge as responses to self-imposed systems of making. Tangent to simple drawing programs developed in software, I fabricate jewelry while exploring the conditions of making within craft, generative design, and the serial aspects of digital technologies.

By hand, I interpret systems that determine
form in order to develop new studio methods and wearable outcomes. Building structures that evolve through the repetitive act of attachment allows for decisive acts of formal arrangement as well as opportunities for restricting or expanding growth. Rules and structured limits guide my approach, simultaneously dictating results and creating opportunities for undetermined outcomes and chance operations. Rectangles and the hinges that connect them serve as variables for one system, while a found object becomes the tool or jig that defines another. Additionally, spare parts and byproducts of this process become exercises for further offshoots and questions.

This collection of work is activated when handled and worn, engaging the viewer with its participatory nature and allowing for discovery through its kinetic potential. Even when stationary, nuanced instances of visual interest can be discovered through close looking, and I ask the viewer to consider the arrangement each piece has taken in relation to systems. In their final jewelry form, the finished pieces propose illustrations of systems and completed instances of assembly-the approach repeatable, and the possibilities of outcome without end.

/ Benjamin Kellogg



More work and contacts:
Website: www.bpkellogg.com
Instagram: b3pkay
Email: b3pkay@gmail.com

Find out more about the courses and deadlines for applications to State University of New York at New Paltz.
 
Benjamin Kellogg. Brooch: Four Moves, 2018. Stainless steel, steel, sterling silver.. 8.10 x 8.10 x 3 cm. Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg. From series: Closer Approximations. Benjamin Kellogg
Brooch: Four Moves, 2018
Stainless steel, steel, sterling silver.
8.10 x 8.10 x 3 cm
Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg
From series: Closer Approximations
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Benjamin Kellogg. Necklace: Single Hinge, 2018. Steel, sterling silver.. 13.40 x 6.30 x 0.7 cm Chain: 51 cm. Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg. From series: Closer Approximations. Benjamin Kellogg
Necklace: Single Hinge, 2018
Steel, sterling silver.
13.40 x 6.30 x 0.7 cm Chain: 51 cm
Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg
From series: Closer Approximations
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Benjamin Kellogg. Necklace: System Hinge, 2018. Steel, sterling silver.. 46 x 31 x 5.7 cm. Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg. From series: Closer Approximations. Benjamin Kellogg
Necklace: System Hinge, 2018
Steel, sterling silver.
46 x 31 x 5.7 cm
Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg
From series: Closer Approximations
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Benjamin Kellogg. Necklace: System Tube Chain, 2018. Stainless steel, steel.. 51 x 31 x 6.2 cm. Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg. From series: Closer Approximations. Benjamin Kellogg
Necklace: System Tube Chain, 2018
Stainless steel, steel.
51 x 31 x 6.2 cm
Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg
From series: Closer Approximations
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Benjamin Kellogg. Brooch: Two-Hinge L, 2018. Stainless steel, steel, sterling silver.. 12.90 x 4.20 x 3.18 cm. Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg. From series: Closer Approximations. Benjamin Kellogg
Brooch: Two-Hinge L, 2018
Stainless steel, steel, sterling silver.
12.90 x 4.20 x 3.18 cm
Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg
From series: Closer Approximations
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Benjamin Kellogg. Brooch: Awkward Hinge, 2018. Stainless steel, steel, sterling silver.. 8.10 x 8.10 x 3 cm. Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg. From series: Closer Approximations. Benjamin Kellogg
Brooch: Awkward Hinge, 2018
Stainless steel, steel, sterling silver.
8.10 x 8.10 x 3 cm
Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg
From series: Closer Approximations
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Benjamin Kellogg. Necklace: Clasp, 2018. Monel 400, steel, sterling silver.. 23 x 4.4 x 53 cm. Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg. From series: Closer Approximations. Benjamin Kellogg
Necklace: Clasp, 2018
Monel 400, steel, sterling silver.
23 x 4.4 x 53 cm
Photo by: Benjamin Kellogg
From series: Closer Approximations
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