My relationship with physical space is beginning to flatten. Growing up around ornamental tree nurseries in South Florida, and then monoculture fields of corn and soybean in rural Wisconsin accustomed me to uncanny spaces. The landscapes around me existed like linear algorithms repeating the same species for acres. In parallel, I came of age when the everyday transitioned from physical spaces into digital realities of screens, tabs, and windows. My life is now mediated between a reality and hyperreality of seeing and being. I orient myself in spaces that are compressed, rendered, and synthesized.
The sculptures and installations I create illustrate imagined spaces and implied spaces—spaces that make sense to our eyes but not always to our minds. By using graphic materials like cut paper, bent neon, and engraved glass, I extend optical patterns into a slippery space of “2½ dimensions”, a concept defined by neuroscientist David Marr. Often taking human-scale, my projects immerse and recalibrate viewers’ visual fields in a limbo of flat and 3-D, real and imaginary, or tangible and intangible.
Ben Orozco is an artist and designer based in Brooklyn, NY and Madison, WI. His design and studio practices share an overlap in drawing, constructing images, and organizing meaning through pattern, grids, and visual languages. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2019 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with concentrations in Neon/Glass, Graphic Design, and Sculpture. In 2020, He completed a 9-month Fulbright-Hays fellowship in Småland, Sweden, researching Swedish glass and neon techniques. His work can be found in New Glass Review 41 (Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY) and has been exhibited at the Hunterdom Museum of Art (Hunterdom, NJ), Imagine Museum (St. Petersburg, FL), and SOFA (Chicago, IL).