Brandon Ballengée Review: Sea of Vulnerability

jerseyarts.com Oct 19, 2017

“I’m a frog guy working in a fish lab.”

That’s the truth, but a bit of an understatement, when describing Brandon Ballengée. He’s a scientist – a post-doc fellow at Louisiana State University conducting research on fish and their survival in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. He’s also an internationally acclaimed artist who’s been featured in The New York Times, the New Yorker, ARTnews, and is represented by Ronald Feldman Fine Arts.

“As a scientist, I have to collect that data and remove myself from that process, to just look at it as numbers,” says Ballengée. “But as a human being and as an artist, I’m allowed to explore the emotional complexity of that situation, and also what it means at this moment in history where there’s a larger story about the loss of so much biodiversity.”

“Sea of Vulnerability,” a mid-career retrospective of Ballengée’s work, is a compelling, beautiful and unsettling exhibition at Rowan University Art Gallery in Glassboro, which opened September 14 and runs through November 5, 2017.

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