Dean Ebben

Dean Ebben received his BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA, where he studied sculpture and papermaking, and received his MFA with distinction from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY where he studied video and installation.

Ebben has been working as an artist in New York City for the last 12 years. He has worked with and collaborated with Alison Knowles one of the original founders of Fluxus. His work is in many public and private collections; he has exhibited his work internationally. Ebben has taught at: the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis, MN; Carriage House Paper in Brooklyn, NY; and the Museum of Biblical Art in Manhattan.

Ebben has been making cyanotypes and using alternative photo and printmaking techniques for well over a decade. He uses cyanotype as a way to record the “geist” of an object, and relies on the sun and the rotation of the earth to make his sun drawings. He is currently working on two cyanotype artist books titled Earth Days and Storm. He uses found objects and text to create a resist to light. The text in the book is the accumulation of three years of writing. He will bind this intimate quarto using a modified Japanese four-hole binding.

In 1999, Ebben collaborated with Amanda Degener (founder of Cave Paper) on an alternative photography portfolio for Hand Paper Magazine, Old Ways, New Views: Photographic Processes on Handmade Paper. The portfolio included seventeen juried artworks produced by twenty-five respected papermakers and photographers. In 2002 Ebben completed a public sculpture commission titled Waiting, for the Church of the Holy Family, The United Nations Parish in Manhattan. In 2007 he was awarded a video residence at the Outpost in Brooklyn, NY where he worked with professional editors and sound technicians on his videos.

Most recently Ebben was included in an exhibition, titled Altered Religious Texts at the Museum of Biblical Art, New York City, and is preparing for an exhibition at Susan Hensel Gallery in Minneapolis, MN.

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