Today we’d like to introduce you to Alex Brokamp.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I grew up in Cincinnati, OH and from an early age, I was always interested in art and drawing. I also grew up skateboarding and would often build skateboard ramps in my driveway. I believe this is what sparked my interest in creating physical objects. After being involved in art classes all through high school, I decided to study industrial design at the University of Cincinnati. During my undergraduate studies, I interned with several furniture and lighting design companies like Matter Made Studio in New York City and Brendan Ravenhill in Los Angeles. After graduating I worked for the lighting designer and artist Andrew Neyer for three years as a product developer and production manager. Currently, I am living in Koreatown and finishing up my master’s degree in furniture and lighting design at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.
Please tell us about your artwork.
I am a furniture and lighting designer focused on bridging a technically refined aesthetic with a lighthearted simplicity that aims to produce objects that are strangely familiar rather than simply mysterious.
I am inspired by the Maya Angelou quote “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” When designing new pieces my goal is to instill a meaningful connection between object and consumer that searches for a balance between physical and emotional attraction to an object.
We often hear from artists that being an artist can be lonely. Any advice for those looking to connect with other artists?
I would say have hobbies outside of your art or design practice. I try to skateboard as much as my busy schedule allows. For me, skateboarding is a huge stress reliever and it allows me to meet new people.
I also try to attend design shows or gallery openings every now and then. Recently, I attended the opening for Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery’s show Dark Fantasy at the UTA Artist Space, which I believe is up until November 16.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
This past September I was a part of two exhibitions in Paris. The first being the Rising Talents Exhibition at the renowned design fair Maison&Objet. At this show, I presented a handful of pieces from my collection alongside five other extremely talented designers from the United States. The second exhibition I displayed work at was the American Design in Paris show at Galerie Joesph. At this show, I presented one of my lighting pieces.
At the end of April, I will be presenting my thesis collection at ArtCenter’s graduate show. For my thesis, I am creating a collection of furniture and lighting acting as a gateway to superstitious thought.
To see my work, visit my website www.alexbrokamp.com or Instagram @alexbrokamp.
- Website: www.alexbrokamp.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @alexbrokamp