Brian Kluge

Brian Kluge

Profile Location
Madison , WI

Brian Kluge is a sculptor in the Madison, Wisconsin area. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Kluge also served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in sub-Saharan Africa. This influential experience contributed a great deal to the unique aesthetic sensibility in his work. Kluge has taught ceramics as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and Doane College. He was featured as a 2012 emerging talent in Ceramics Monthly and recently completed residencies at the LUX Center for the Arts and the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. He is currently acting in the capacity of regional liaison for NCECA planning and related projects in the Madison area in preparation for the 2014 Conference. Kluge continues to show work nationally, most recently in a two-person exhibition at Santa Fe Clay, a solo exhibition at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, as well as numerous juried and invitational exhibitions including the Las Cruces Museum of Art, Pottery Northwest, Texas A&M International University, and the University of Tulsa. 

Artist Statement

Similar to an artifact, my sculptural objects convey a sense of familiarity in fabrication—a human being made this—while retaining an overall sense of mystery concerning time or place. It is my intention to leave the narrative possibilities unformed in order to heighten a strictly sensory experience of the object or installation. Ultimately, I am engrossed in the ability of the understated, quiet object to engage subconscious triggers. In this way I intend for my work to invite a surprising moment of introspection, emotional response, and discovery.


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