DESIGNER OF THE DAY

Designer of the Day: Ben Medansky

The Los Angeles ceramicist lends playful sensibilities to earthenware sculptures that tantalize the eye and seemingly defy gravity.

The Los Angeles ceramicist lends playful sensibilities to earthenware sculptures that tantalize the eye and seemingly defy gravity.

Here, we ask designers to take a selfie and give us an inside look at their life.

Age: 30

Occupation: Sculptor.

Instagram: @benmedansky.

Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ.

Studio location: Los Angeles.

Describe what you make: I create large architectural ceramic installations, sculpture, vases, and decorative bowls that draw inspiration from the mechanical world and science.

The most important thing you’ve designed to date: The community that surrounds me.

Describe the problem your work solves: I am always trying to solve the problem of gravity in my work. How can I make something out of clay that can be airy and stand on its own?

Describe the project you are working on now: I am working on a new series of totemic sculptures that address different needs in my life from fountains to chairs and tables. Exploring these modular forms in different configurations.

A new or forthcoming project we should know about: I am installing my totemic sculpture “Stacks” at LECLAIREUR during Frieze Los Angeles on Feb. 16.

Partnership

What you absolutely must have in your studio: Loud music or a good podcast and my pups.

What you do when you’re not working: Rollerblading along the Los Angeles River.

Sources of creative envy: Zaha Hadid, Isamu Noguchi, Max Lamb, Frank Lloyd Wright.

The distraction you want to eliminate: I’d love for the dog across the street to stop barking all day.

Partnership

Concrete or marble? Marble.

High-rise or townhouse? Compound.

Remember or forget? Remember everything.

Aliens or ghosts? Aliens are real and they are among us.

Dark or light? Golden hour.

 

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