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Currently Lost, Formerly Found, May 2017 Handmade Book Of Lost Poems, Various Papers, Linen Thread A5 © B. D. Owens
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Detail: Currently Lost, Formerly Found, May 2017 Handmade Book Of Lost Poems, Various Papers, Linen Thread A5 © B. D. Owens
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Hyperventilate Here, May 2017 Detail: Paper Bag Sculpture, Hand Printed Lettering, Mdf Shelf, Hook, String, Paper Bags © B. D. Owens
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Enough, May 2017 Concrete Poetry, Stickers 8cm X 8cm © B. D. Owens
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Freedom Burger & Fries, 2011 Beef, Bread, Potato, Ketchup, Take Out Container, Salt Shaker, Table Cloth, Table 24 Inches X 24 Inches X 33 Inches © B.D. Owens
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Toy: Swiss Army Knife Carving, 2010 Pine, Cedar, Glue 6.5 Inches X 4.25 Inches X 1 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Pissing Contest, 2011 Frozen Piss 1.5” X 14” X 4.5” © B.D. Owens
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Sugar, 2010 White Sugar, Mdf, White Paint 16 Inches X 24 Inches X 48 Inches © B.D. Owens
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Christmas Cake, 2011 Fruit Cake, Marzipan, Royal Icing, White Chocolate, Raffia, Wood 24 Inches X 14 Inches X 30 Inches © B.D. Owens
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Ephesians 6:14, 2012 Leather Belt, Gold Leaf 39 Inches X 2 Inches X 0.25 Inches © B.D. Owens
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The Brothers & The Brothers II Diptych, 2012 Leather, Bible, Coat Hooks, Rivets, Buckles, Linen Thread, Note Books, Gold Leaf & Digital Photographs Sculpture, 44 Inches X 24 Inches X 5 Inches, Photographs, 18 Inches X 24 Inches © B.D. Owens
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The Brothers, 2012 Leather, Bible, Coat Hooks, Rivets, Buckles, Linen Thread, Note Books, Gold Leaf 44 Inches X 24 Inches X 5 Inches © B.D. Owens
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The Brothers, Detail, 2012 Leather, Bible, Coat Hooks, Rivets, Buckles, Linen Thread, Note Books, Gold Leaf 44 Inches X 24 Inches X 5 Inches © B.D. Owens
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The Brothers II: The Eldest, Diptych, 2012 Digital Print 18 Inches X 24 Inches © B.D. Owens
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The Brothers II: The Youngest, Diptych, 2012 Digital Print 18 Inches X 24 Inches © B.D. Owens
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Taking The Piss, 2012 Freezer, Frozen Piss, Wood, Paper 48 Inches X 40 Inches X 24 Inches © B.D. Owens
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Elevation, 2012 Concrete, White Sugar, Steel 8 Inches X 8 Inches X 57.5 Inches © B.D. Owens
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Phallo-Pastry, Video Still, 2012 Video Still, From Stop Motion Animation © B.D. Owens
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Phallo-Pastry, Video Installion, 2012, MIX NYC, Brooklyn Video Insallation, Apron Projection Screen
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Altar for Entropic Scapegoat, Detail, winter / spring 2012 Frozen Dough, Wild Bird Seed 12 Inch X 17 Inch X 12 Inch © B. D. Owens
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Altar for Entropic Scapegoat Detail, Winter / Spring 2012 Frozen Dough, Wild Bird Seed, Ice 12 Inch X 17 Inch X 12 Inch © B. D. Owens
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Altar for Entropic Scapegoat, Winter / Spring 2012 Frozen Dough, Wild Bird Seed, Ice, Wood 6 Feet X 2.5 Feet X 4 Feet © B. D. Owens
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Altar for Enropic Scapegoat, Winter / Spring 2012 Frozen Dough, Wild Bird Seed, Ice, Wood 6 Feet X 2.5 Feet X 4 Feet © B.D. Owens
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Altar for Entropic Scapegoat, Winter / Spring 2012 Frozen Dough, Wild Bird Seed, Ice, Wood 6 Feet X 2.5 Feet X 4 Feet © B.D. Owens
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Altar for Entropic Scapegoat Detail, Winter / Spring 2012 Frozen Dough, Wild Bird Seed, Ice Wood © B.D. Owens
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Altar for Entropic Scapegoat Detail , Winter / Spring 2012 Frozen Dough, Wild Bird Seed, Ice, Wood © B.D. Owens
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Altar for Entropic Scapegoat , Winter / Spring 2012 Froxen Dough, Wild Bird Seed, Ice Wood 6 Feet X 2.5 Feet X 4 Feet © B.D. Owens
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Altar for Entropic Scapegoat, Winter / Spring 2012 Frozen Dough, Wild Bird Seed, Ice, Wood 6 Feet X 2.5 Feet X 4 Feet © B.D. Owens
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Altar for Entropic Scapegoat Detail, Winter / Spring 2012 Frozen Dough, Wild Bird Seed, Ice, Wood © B.D. Owens
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Altar for entropic Scapegoat Detail, Winter / Spring 2012 Frozen Dough, Wild Bird Seed, Ice Wood © B.D. Owens
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Altar for Entropic Scapegoat, Winter / Spring 2012 Frozen Dough, Wild Bird Seed, Ice, Wood 6 Feet X 2.5 Feet X 4 Feet © B.D. Owens
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Altar for Entropic Scapegoat , Winter / Spring 2012 Frozen Dough, Wild Bird Seed, Ice, Wood 6 Feet X 2.5 Feet X 4 Feet © B.D. Owens
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Altar for Entropic Scapegoat Detail , Winter / Spring 2012 Frozen Dough, Wild Bird Seed, Ice, Wood, Wild Birds © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3, May , June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3 Detail, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs, Ants 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3 Detail, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3 Detail, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3 Detail, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3 Detail, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3 Detail, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3 Detail, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3 Detail, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs, Bees 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3 Detail, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3 Detail, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Entropic Elevation 2 & 3 Detail, May, June 2013 Sugar, Concrete, Steel, Certs 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 49.25 Inch And 8 Inch X 8 Inch X 41 Inch © B.D. Owens
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Frailty, 2010 Black Ball Point Pen On Paper 18 Inches X 24 Inches © B.D. Owens
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Brother Grim: The Elder, 2010 Black Ball Point Pen On Paper 18 Inches X 24 Inches © B.D. Owens
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Brother Grim: The Younger, 2010 Black Ball Point Pen On Paper 18 Inches X 24 Inches © B.D. Owens
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Fight Club, 2010 Mixed Dry Media On Tar Paper 72 Inches X 36 Inches © B.D. Owens
Quick Facts
Birthplace
Lausanne, Switzerland
Lives in
Dundee, Scotland
Works in
Scotland
Schools
Concordia University, BFA Sculpture (With Great Distinction)
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, BA Technical & Production Arts
Tags
Ephermeral, entropy, consumption, queer, violence, masculinity, fine art, sculpture, mixed-media, installation, video-art, conceptual, photography
Statement

B.D. Owens Bio

B.D. Owens is a visual artist, poet and political activist based in Scotland. He was born in Switzerland in 1973, but he grew up in a rural area North of Glasgow. For the first 20 years of his life, he battled a life threatening illness which slowed his progress. He studied Technical & Production Arts at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and has worked in the theatre and film industries as well as the realm of commercial art in Vancouver and Glasgow. He studied sculpture at Concordia University in Montreal, graduating in June 2012 with a BFA in Sculpture With Great Distinction. Since graduating, he has been a technician and research assistant to Trevor Gould on several works including God's Window (2012) which is in the permanent collection of the Musée d'Art Contemporain de Montréal. B.D. Owens has shown his work in several group shows in Montreal, Glasgow and at MIX NYC 2012, in Brooklyn, New York. He currently serves on the Executive of the Scottish Artists Union and is studying in the Art, Society & Publics MFA Programme at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design: University of Dundee.   

B.D. Owens Artist Statement

Much of my sculpture practice falls into the category of ephemeral, transformative projects which I document with video, audio and still photographs. My permanent works are small and highly crafted intimate objects, some of which are modified 'found' objects. The major themes from which I draw include: consumer culture and entropy, as well as issues relating to identity, particularly in the areas of masculinity, religion, geography and colonialism.

I consider the semiotic values of each of the materials that I use, as well as the structural form itself, specifically in regard to historical and cultural contexts. I often use materials such as food, body fluids and skin (leather). By utilising familiar substances which relate to the body, my intention is to spur an intimate and visceral connection with the viewer.

I am interested in the realm of hermeneutics, which is essentially the lens through which an individual interprets the world, shaped by their social and cultural life experience. I deliberately make works which can be interpreted in a number of ways depending on the viewer's hermeneutical standpoint, thus leaving room for an environment for discussion and further discovery.