Ben Orozco is a Colombian-American artist and designer based in Madison, WI. His practice re-constructs images and re-encodes spaces, working in optical patterns, grids, illustrations, cut paper, and neon. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 2019 with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with concentrations in Neon/Glass, Graphic Design, and Sculpture. In 2020, he completed a 9-month Fulbright-Hays fellowship in Småland, Sweden, researching Swedish glass and neon design and techniques. His work can be found in New Glass Review 41 (Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY) and has been exhibited at the Imagine Museum (St. Petersburg, FL), Hunterdom Museum of Art (Hunterdom, NJ), Glass Factory Museum (Boda, Sweden), and Madison Museum of Contemporary Art (Madison, WI). He is currently participating in the Bridge Work: Madison 2021-23 program, hosted by Arts + Literature Laboratory (Madison, WI).
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Taming Lightning x GEEX: Intro to Plasma
I hope you enjoyed the podcast.
Thank you Ben for your time and conversation. it’s true, I frequent Ben in order work through things both related to and divergent from neon, his work with GEEX and non-profits enhance my perspectives and insight when working on my own mission. And have been the help I needed to level up my studio as well my podcast production through the Intro to Plasma Series.
I found the subject of Systems Building to be as an important tool for artists and neon bender to be just as applicable beyond the focus of the this podcast. I do find it valuable to check out the episode on Story Points from the podcast Two Scrums up, which helps you to quantify an estimate of the effort and time required to complete a task or piece of work. So be sure to check out the show notes on Taming lightning dot net for podcast, books, and resources mentioned in this episode.
As additional thank I want to thank my contemporaries in the podcast realm Max of Mondo Neon, which inspired the topics for this episode and Alleson Buchanon and Danielle James of Neon Nonsense. Let’s not forget Camron Clow and Holiday Easterbrook of internet acclaimed The Neon Trenches a Reality based Neon Lifestyle network, haha, the highs and lows and to and fros of daily efforts of neon bender;many insights and much entertainment.
I'd like to thank Pittsburgh Glass Center for supporting me as a place of research and inspiration. Plasma Art Alliance where I have access to the well of knowledge and connects me to some amazing and supportive people, and both sponsors in this episode The Glass Art Society and Garrett Churchill from Fluxeon.
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-Percy Echols II, Taming Lightning
Welcome to Taming Lightning, I'm Percy Echols II. I'm the creator and host of Taming Lightning, as well as the emerging plasma tech at Pittsburgh Glass Center, where I'm researching and developing a space to explore Plasma and Neon Light as an Artist Medium.