Burnett Gallery Virtual Exhibit

April 1 – 30, 2021
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Work by Jon Bander

I enjoy bringing life to old and broken tools and other found materials, combining a passion for art and love for welding. The thing I like the most is finding and using manufactured shapes, placing them in new ways, cutting and welding them into something entirely new and original. The foundation of my art is in repurposing old materials. For instance, for my “Cutlery Carnivore” (a large bird of prey) I repurposed over a thousand pieces of discarded silverware.

At 26 years old, I am just at the beginning of my art career, but I’ve been welding since I was 14. Now in my fourth year of calling myself a metal artist. I’ve been very encouraged by people’s responses to my work, and I am excited to see where this journey may take me.

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The 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea inspired Steampunk Aquarium was a collaboration between Bruce Rosenbaum of ModVic.com and myself.

The re-imagined story: After Nemo's Nautilus is attacked by the Kraken in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea – Nemo builds his own mechanical Kraken to fight off the giant squid at his own game in his next battle. Nemo’s 'cockpit' or 'bridge' of the Kraken's 'head' was concepted and built by Bruce Rosenbaum. The aquarium frame and mechanical Kraken was built by myself.

The octopus's tentacles resemble a truss bridge while the frame of the aquarium resembles a treasure chest. This piece will be displayed (with fish) at an antique aquarium museum in California.