Ben Godward
My sculptures respond to the slick and saturated media of the world we live in. They are reflections of myself, contradictory and impulsive. Carrying references to food, sex, and toxic sludge in their bright organic formations of foam, they are exacerbations of material excess and imperial gluttony. Pure carnival joy harmonizes unselfconsciously with commodity culture. Their chaotic exuberance demands attention with vigor equal to that of our marketed landscape.

Ben Godward was born in Indianapoils, grew up in Webster Groves, MO and attended Alfred University and eventually completed his B.F.A., despite a one year hiatus taken at the request of the University. He spent the time away from Alfred working at Shidoni art foundry in New Mexico. Ben received his M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University at Albany and won the 2007 Outstanding Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture award from the International Sculpture Center.
After Albany Godward moved his studio to Brooklyn, where he currently lives. He has shown at Lesley Heller, Moti Hassan, The Laundromat Gallery, Pocket Utopia, Famous Accountants Gallery, NYCAMS, Norte Maar Creative projects in the Art, Storefront Gallery and Factory Fresh. Recently he has brought to life two large outdoor art projects, in 2010 at Franconia Sculpture Park in MN and in 2011 at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, NY . Bens’ work has been featured in The L Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Sculpture magazine and on WNYC Radio.

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