Nucleus Portland

Ben Houtkamp & Kerbi Urbanowski

Ben Houtkamp is an artist working primarily with drawing and stained glass in Chicago, IL. With influences ranging from Chicago's Imagists to that of his father Frank Houtkamp who is also a stained glass artist, his work attempts to push outward at boundaries that have held leaded glass in a recognizable and traditional realm.


Kerbi Urbanowski is a multidisciplinary artist who seeks to make the world more colorful, luminous, and interesting. Her process begins with deconstructing the human figure and trying to make sense of the pieces. She believes what happens by chance is more interesting than what happens intentionally, which is why she lets her materials' organic nature lead. When using stained glass, she likes to maintain the shapes the glass broke into naturally to guide her process. Her art practice is rooted in sustainability and minimizing art's eco-footprint by reconsidering what is usable. She believes art should be accessible to all, which is why she's worked to create an array of products at multiple price points. Kerbi was born in Chicago, Illinois, and currently resides in California's San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated with a BFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2012.



Souvenirs
July 22 - August 8, 2022

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