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Meet Brian Mock

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian Mock.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’ve always loved creating and trying new mediums- painting, drawing, woodcarving. About 20 years ago I thought I’d give metalworking a try, so I taught myself how to weld. Scrap metal was good to practice with (it was cheap and available) though soon I began to realize it was also really interesting material. The old items carried a history with them, and I was inspired to use them in new ways to create a new story. Soon after I started welding, I was fortunate enough to quit my full-time job in the printing industry and make a living on my new passion,

Please tell us about your art.
I create sculptures made from 100% recycled/reclaimed materials. The primary medium is scrap metal, but over the years I’ve been using more and more different types of material- plastic, wood, ceramic, etc. I work from home in my shop, welding every day. My wife works from home in her office, handling the administrative end of our business.

I’m a resourceful guy, so it was natural for me to start out with salvaged material. The more I worked with various scraps, the more I began to appreciate their diversity and history. I began enjoying the hunt for usable items almost as much as the sculpting process. I love that no two sculptures I make will or can ever be the same. Each is made with the random collection of what’s on hand at the time, and each includes unique and intentionally placed objects. I’ve also started putting a personal item in all of my sculptures, sort of like a hidden signature. It could be an old tool, a worn-out glove-I’ve even put my broken glasses in one sculpture and an old phone in another. It’s my way of putting an actual piece of myself into my work.

As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
For me, success in art is defined by finding satisfaction in what I’ve created. If I’m happy with the way a piece turned out, then I’ve succeeded. There have been plenty of times I’ve sold pieces I wasn’t 100% satisfied with, and even though they earned me money, I didn’t feel as accomplished as I do with the pieces I can look back on and say, “I couldn’t have done that any better and I’m totally happy with it.”

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
My work can be seen in various hotels across the country, including Hotel Monaco DC, Hotels Zetta, Zephyr and Zeppelin in San Francisco, and Revere Hotel in Boston. I’m currently represented by two galleries: Andrea Schwartz Gallery in San Francisco, and The Vickers Collection in Aspen Colorado. I’m also available for commissions, which can be ordered by emailing me or visiting my website.

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