Ben is currently an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California, USA. He has 15 years of professional experience as both a 3D artist in the video game industry and as a Professor. While in the games industry he helped to create games for Nintendo, Sony, and Microsoft console systems. Ben has been making experimental animations since 1992.
“My abstract animations investigate the metaphysical features of reality. They are designed to stimulate archetypal associations and invite the viewer to make personal connections to the visual and auditory experience without any reliance on narrative or spoken language.
My art is intimately connected to the exploration of new technologies used for 3D computer graphics and animation. My focus is using newly available software applications in unconventional ways to generate innovative approaches to creating avate-garde films.
The driving vision behind my work is fueled by drawings I make using traditional media. These drawings are created spontaneously using a vocabulary of structural forms that I have developed over time that can be arranged and interchanged in a multitude of different ways. My drawings are mostly abstract but sometimes can cross over into figurative designs fused with abstract forms. The musical compositions in my work are inspired by the use of both analogue and digital sources. Most of the time the musical arrangements I design straddle the line between atmospheric noise and music. My goal is to use sound in a way that creates an auditory parallel to the visual experience. Lighting, color, visual symbols and qualities of motion all inform the music I create. Both music and motion play equal roles in my film making process and a deep knowledge of both of these disciplines have allowed me to create unique works of art that few people can create single-handedly.