Benas Burdulis works between architecture, design, and art. His work distills ephemeral phenomena, such as light and color, giving them a stronger physical presence. The resulting objects and spaces bring people closer to nature and to their own experience of perception.
Benas grew up in sublime natural surroundings and has always been exploring different ways of making for as long as he can remember. These qualities greatly inform the aesthetic that he gravitates toward. There is always a tension between efficient technique and subtle effect in his work, which creates a bond between the method of making and the spatial experience. Through a cyclical process of research, making, testing, and reflection, his work culminates in essential objects or spaces that allow for perceptual, sensual, and emotional experiences.
Burdulis was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, but grew up in Chicago and New Hampshire. He received a bachelor's degree in design from Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands and a master's degree in architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art near Detroit. He has worked for MOS Architects in New York City, at Werkplaats Vincent de Rijk in Rotterdam, Studio Tomás Saraceno in Berlin, and has taught architecture as an adjunct professor at Lawrence Technological University and as a teaching fellow at Dartmouth College. He has been a resident at SPACE10, IKEA’s Future Living Lab in Copenhagen, and at Autodesk's Pier 9 workshop in San Francisco. He is represented by Volume Gallery in Chicago, and has exhibited work at galleries and museums in Europe and North America. He is a partner at Archival Studies, a praxis founded with Emil Roman Froege and Yuan-Chieh Yang.