Benjamin Entner: “Classics”


Exhibition Information
Location: Fine Arts Gallery on the CSN North Las Vegas Campus
Dates: Friday, July 7 – Saturday, September 2, 2017
Preview, Artist Talk & Artist Reception: Thursday, July 6, 6 p.m.

Artist Statement
Although I am formally trained as a sculptor, I am conceptually and technically drawn to a multidisciplinary studio practice that involves video, installation, performance, drawing, sewing, sound, and painting… as well as the traditional modes of three-dimensional art, most especially woodworking. My work is driven by ideas or curiosities, and I simply try to find the best tools to address these.

I create works that are the result of play or experimentation, and that range conceptually with my many interests: from children’s literature to aquatic life; women’s underwear to architecture; fire to fly-fishing. Often the only constant is the importance placed on an imperfect and obsessive craft, whether seen or not, and a sarcastic sense of humour.

As I work on a project, I try to anticipate and plan for the viewers’ experience. I want to make viewers aware of themselves as they relate to my art. I accomplish this by creating a presence of an object or installation that interrupts or intervenes in the passive viewing of a piece and invites an active experience with it. Within the gravitas of a typical art space, I also try to inspire a childlike nostalgia and wonder by engaging the viewer with an object or environment that is fun, funny, playful, awesome, and/or rad.

My current body of work, Sumus, explores the boundaries and interplay between two- and three- dimensional methods of making. Specifically, the point at which a drawing can become form and an object can become representation. Focusing on the figure, I draw contemporary individuals: myself, friends, family in postures similar to the figures of Classical Greco-Roman and Renaissance sculpture. In so doing, I hope to create an awkward dialogue between my contemporary parodies and the historical works—a dialogue that questions and challenges perspectives of beauty, proportion, sexuality, and idealized form.

Biography
Benjamin Entner received his MFA in sculpture from Syracuse University and his BA in Renaissance and Medieval Studies from the University of Albany and is currently an Assistant Professor of Art and Design at Oswego State University New York. His work explores the boundaries and interplay between two and three- dimensional methods of art making and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Artwork List
Title: Moses
Media: Marker on fabric, bathroom fan
Dimensions: Variable: 4′ x 4′ x 9′
Date: 2011

Title: Hermes and the Infant Dionysus
Media: Marker on fabric, bathroom fan
Dimensions: Variable: 3.5′ x 5′ x 10′
Date: 2011

Title: Portrait of Gordian III, from Gabii
Media: Marker on paper
Dimensions: Approximately 60” x 88”
Date: 2013

Title: Discobolos
Media: Marker on paper
Dimensions: Approximately 60” x 96”
Date: 2013

Title: Innocenti
Media: Marker on Paper
Dimensions: Each Approximately 45″ x 45″
Date: 2016

Title: Head of Colossus
Media: Marker on fabric, bathroom fan
Dimensions: Variable: 2′ x 2′ x 2′
Date: 2016

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