MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2013
Artist StatementGlen Kessler paints images that initially appear to be urban and industrial landscapes, but are, in truth, magnified views of circuit boards. In his “CircuitScape” series, the analogous nature of these two worlds is formally and conceptually explored. Similarities between city design and circuitry are obvious, each exerting a bias towards efficient geometric utility, but at ‘street level’ the connection becomes uncanny, leading viewers to contemplate how the hidden world of the microchip is increasingly the engine that powers our familiar macro urban centers.
Glen Kessler (b. 1976): Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Painting from the New York Academy of Art; Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Painting from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Glen has been awarded a 2013 Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Grant, 2 Elizabeth Greenshields Grants, and a Prince of Wales Fellowship. His artwork is collected widely internationally, and is in the public collections of Prince Charles, Amazon Web Services, Capital One Bank, Ford’s Theater, Yale University, The George Washington University, Boston University, Maryland Institute College of Art, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD. His artwork has been featured in ‘The Artist’s Magazine,’ ‘ArtsyShark,’ and ‘Professional Artist Magazine.’