Brian L. Nelson

A photo of Brian Nelson

Full Professor

3D Media

Sculpture Studio

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MFA, Sculpture, Michigan State University


Brian Nelson’s work is founded on the dichotomy he has discovered between the basic but complex processes of life.  He references a struggle between science and nature or sterility and life. By using materials such as fabricated stainless steel tables, cast lead, cast bronze, test tubes, oxygen tanks, projected video, salt carved into cell structures, DNA, and tear drops, as well as Petri dishes of live organisms and projected video images of trees swaying in the wind or clouds passing.  Brian is known for his unique ability to combine refined craftsmanship and complex emotional and conceptual ideas into solid and fluid sculpture. 

Brian has been active in the Detroit area as an inspired artist and teacher for many years now. He has exhibited Nationally at Hall Walls in Buffalo New York, Spaces Gallery in Cleveland. The South Bend Museum of Art His work has been shown at numerous   galleries throughout the Metropolitan Michigan areas, at Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Oakland University Art Gallery, The Gallery Project, Tangent Gallery, Buckham Gallery, Center Galleries, Detroit Artist Market, Detroit Contemporary, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, among others.