BY PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY (1818)
I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—"Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away."
Branden Koch is a Pittsburgh-based artist whose multi-faceted work explores expansive
and ambiguous themes including power, belief, and being. He received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2001, and an MFA from The Milton Avery School of the Visual Arts at Bard College in 2005. His work has been exhibited in the New York City area at Regina Rex, Soloway Fine Arts, Helper Projects, Pace University, Brennan and Griffin and Edward Thorp Gallery. National exhibitions include The Center of Contemporary American Political Art in Washington D.C.; The Barrick Museum at UNLV; Romer Young Gallery, SF, CA; The Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque, NM; High Energy Constructs, LA, CA; and SPACES, Cleveland, OH. His work has been reviewed in Hyperallergic, The Brooklyn Rail, ArtSlant, The Chicago Sun Times, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Artillery Magazine, and Las Vegas Weekly. Recently Branden was a participant in the Drawing Center's Viewing Program, and will attend Interlude Residency in Summer 2022. He currently serves as Part Time Lecturer at Rutgers University Mason Gross School of the Arts.