- an artist working in sculpture, glass and on paper.

About

Brent Sommerhauser received his MFA from The Ohio State University, and has since exhibited in group and solo exhibitions across the United States and abroad.  Notably, his sculpture was included in the 2004 Windsor Biennial and was selected for New Glass Review 26, featuring innovative works in glass worldwide.  He is a participant in the Telegraph Art Collective which functions as a running conversation, typically conducted at long range, originating in Detroit, MI.

Brent has taught art at The College for Creative Studies, Hastings College, the Kansas City Art Institute, Pilchuck Glass School, The Ohio State University, St. Mary’s College of California,  and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Brent received the 2012 Nevada Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship Award and was a recent recipient of a Cirque du Soleil Community Support Grant for the Visual & Performing Arts.

Brent lives and works in Las Vegas, Nevada and enjoys taking things apart and putting things together – not necessarily in that order.

Brent Sommerhauser

The Glass Furnace (Cam Ocağı), Istanbul, Turkey

contact:

brent(at)brentsommerhauser(dot)com

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There are thin, quiet places where invisible forces and visible material collide.
The surface of an empty page, approached by a pencil and a thought -
or a little wind meeting the world; nudging, persuading, diverting.

I believe there is a potency there at that barrier.
Where you might still lasso a daydream, or tug at moments each afloat in their own way.
There and not there,
everythings and nothings.
Both, at once.

A “tangle of matter and ghost,” as Leonard Cohen mentioned a time or two.

In my artwork, I often use familiar and practical objects to merge two types of memory –
the intangible mental process and the visible evidence of use left upon physical material.

I consider this a way to preserve a glimpse, or to build a prop to experience.
In coercing material to bend with both memory and structure, the imagined is made tangible while romancing the real.

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