Branden Koch's work explores expansive and ambiguous themes including power, belief, and being. His works on paper and canvas explore the boundaries of language as it applies to cultural systems of symbolism, cartoons, spectrums of humor, and the materiality of mark making through the body. Investigating a variety of traditional approaches and modes of drawing and painting, his work experiments with compositional strategies coupled with subtle or jarring subject matter derived from both the historical and contemporary, personal, and political spheres of experience.
Branden's work has been exhibited nationally. Most recently, his work has been featured in the publication Shifter #25 "Waiting," as well as in a limited edition chapbook of poetry and drawings entitled "Bloken Exhaust" made in collaboration with John Yau and Ink Cap Press, NYC. His Drawings and poetry have been featured in Hyperallergic Magazine's column "Drawing in a Time of Fear and Lies," Fields Magazine, Shifter Magazine, The Open Day Book, The Plague Review by Rotland Press, as well as several self-published books. The work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, ArtSlant, The Chicago Sun Times, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Artillery Magazine, and Las Vegas Weekly.
Recent Teaching appointments include: Part Time Lecturer at The Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University, Teaching Artist at The Mattress Factory, Pittsburgh, PA, and Mentor for Graduate Candidates at Lesley University Art and Design, Cambridge, MA. Branden currently teaches Design in The Fine Arts and Design Department at Chatham University, and is founder of Dot and Line Art Studio, a local art studio for children and adults in Pittsburgh, PA.
In June, 2022 Branden will attend The Interlude Artist's Residency in Hudson Valley, NY: an inclusionary residency program designed for artist parents. He currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his family.