Ben Rosecrans

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spatial surgery 2.75, 2011 Mixed Media 22" X 23" (Approximately) © 2011
SL 1.0, 2011 Gouache, Ink, Graphite, Vellum And Tape On Paper 7" X 10" © 2011
SL 1.50, 2011 Gouache, Ink, Vellum And Tape On Paper 7" X 10" © 2011
SL 1.75, 2011 Gouache, Ink, Vellum, Basswood And Tape On Paper 7" X 10" © 2011
SL 1.25, 2011 Gouache, Ink, Basswood, And Graphite On Paper 7" X 10" © 2011
untitled, 2010 Mixed Media On Wall 70" X 108" © 2010
intervene, 2010 Mixed Media Installation 24' X 48' X 12' © 2010
rabbit in a hat tricks, 2011 Mixed Media Installation 90" X 160" X 40" © 2011
rabbit in a hat tricks detail, 2011
prouned.2 detail, 2012 © 2012
prouned.4, 2012 Mixed Media 30 X35" © 2012
archisuture.1, 2013 Gouache, Spray Paint, Ink, Thread, Wood, Paper And Vellum 22x25" © 2013
archisuture.2, 2013 Gouache, Enamel, Ink, Thread, Paper, Tape And Vellum 14x22" © 2013
archisuture.2 detail
antihesitator.1, 2013 Mixed Media 25x34" © 2013
antihesitator.2, 2013 Mixed Media 24x37" © 2013
antihesitator.7, 2013 Tape 11x23' © 2013
prouned.11, 2015 Mixed Media 40x60" © 2015
oops i svarded.1, 2015 Mixed Media 16x20" © 2015
oops i svarded.2, 2015 Mixed Media 22.5x30" © 2015
prouned.10, 2015 Mixed Media 30x35x10" © 2015
archisuture.7, 2015 Mixed Media 10x14x36" © 2015
archisuture.5, 2015 Mixed Media 48x120x36" © 2015
gmix.2, 2015 Mixed Media 60x84x7" © 2015
falloff.1, 2015 Mixed Media 30x50x3" © 2015
untitled, 2015 Mixed Media 25x40x6" © 2015
intervene.2, 2015 Mixed Media 30x108x30" © 2015
pkd made me do it, 2016
prouned.11, 2015 Mixed Media 40x60x14" © 2015
juhks.1, 2016 Mixed Media 19x55.5x4" © 2016
intervene.2, 2015 Wood 30x108x30" © 2015
Quick Facts
Vancouver, WA
Birth year
Lives in
Sandy Hook, CT
Works in
Farmington, CT
University of Wisconsin - Madision, 2010, M.F.A. - Painting
Northern Illinios University, 2006, B.F.A. in Painting
Full Sail Univerity, 1998, Associate of Science - 2D/3D Design/Animation
abstract, mixed-media, installation

I create geometric abstractions that are influenced by mapmaking, architecture, movement, space, time, indetermination, and sarcasm.  The resulting work spans a wide range of scales and materials.  The smaller scale works are more intimate and help me maintain an active and productive studio practice while the larger works are more cerebral and use site and situation as a generative source when given the opportunity to be realized. The end result often falls into a category of some sort of visual hybrid.  When I create I move back and forth between drawing, painting, and sculpture.  Which often times happens within one piece of work.

I have spent a large part of my life traveling.  Whether it was for work, pleasure, or commuting to school it has always seemed to be a significant part of my day.  Unlike most people I know, it has always been a part of my day I look forward to.  This interest in travel and the never ending back and forth movement has always been a core concept within my work and is expressed through my use of line.  Whether it is two dimensionally drawn or three dimensionally created, it is the main form of expression I use to visually and mentally tie together my work.  It can be the main focus of a piece, divide a space, bring multiple areas together, create a physical path for the viewer, or a line of sight to engage external elements.

My drawings start with a basic sketch or paragraph of ideas that will guide me through my process as it gives way to an intuitive creation and editing of imagery.  This system of addition and reduction allows me to magnify the unexpected and cover up my mistakes or accidents.  I embrace the accident and allow it to help shape my compositions.  By layering varied imagery through drawing, painting, cutting and constructing, a sense of fragmented time emerges which reveals a documentation of events.

Currently I am starting to embrace a larger perspective in what I am trying to achieve.  I enjoy having a different projects going on at the same time.  This allows me to retain a high level of interest in each work and help the progression of the creative process in each.  Having a couple bodies of work or no clear boundary of the body of work makes more sense to me than limiting the work to one idea or concept.  Most recently I have been questioning time, juxtaposition, and failure. 

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