Alben

Working through his fascination with accumulated objects, Alben encases found items of visual and
personal significance in resin molds of classically canonized figures. The use of discarded Americana
that Alben gathers in France, the United States, China... find their homes in busts of Indians, Mao
Zedong, and Greco-Roman Davids, as well as life-sized standing statues of Venus de Milo, Star
Wars figures, and the winged Victoire de Samothrace.


Alben’s background in engineering as an aircraft technician is on full display here. His deft handling
of the material is evident particularly in his full-scale molds of Victoire de Samothrace. The hardened
resin is manipulated into the soft drapery of a flowing gown and delicacy of feathered wings.
His previous work in graffiti-making has left a painterly imprint on Alben’s sculptures. Alben’s eye for
mixing tones to create cohesive color statements is apparent in works, which feature similar items of
varying colors pieced together.


With Accumulation, Alben has progressed from constantly investigating his own obsession with
objects to grappling with society’s preoccupation with tangible materiality. Examining questions of
classicalism, history, and importance, Alben asks his viewers to consider what has sustained this
massive population-wide agglomeration of items of the past, present, and future.

"Oil Can Coke"

Resin

6.5 x 9 x 5 in

16.5 x 23.5 x 6 cm

"French Fries 2"

Resin

8 x 8 x 2 in

20 x 20 x 5.5 cm

"David Cars"

Resin

7 x 5 x 5 in

18 x 12 x 12 cm

"Tv Candy"

Resin

8 x 12 x 8 in

16.5 x 23.5 x 6 cm

"Virgin Red Caps"

Resin

20 x 6 x 4 in

50 x 14 x 10 cm