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Brian Dean Christensen
(San Diego, CA, 1963 - )
Brian Dean Christensen of San Diego, California, and now Utah, is a talented ceramic sculptor who studied at Brigham Young University (B.F.A., 1990) and Washington University in St. Louis (M.F.A., ceramics, 1992). Christensen's work has been represented by Componere Gallery of Art in St. Louis in recent years; from 1992 to 1995 the artist won first and third prizes in a University City Art Guild showing in California, as well as "juror awards" at the Springville Museum of Art (1994) and the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana (1995). Most recently, his art appeared in the prestigious Utah Arts Council show, A View of Seven, at the Salt Lake Art Center (1996). Gordon McConnell, juror at the exhibition, wrote the following: "Brian Christensen, a sculptor who works primarily with ceramics, bases his work in a process-oriented, 'truth to materials' aesthetic. He contextualizes his Arc series in geology, depicting the surface of a land strewn with the horns of bison and pronghorns and large-bore shell casings, and a section of the underlying strata crowded with root-like forms, fossils and inscriptions. These are dissected landscapes, laden like the earth itself with buried meanings."