Christian Benefiel | Artist Talk & Gallery Tour

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Sat, Oct 1 | 2 PM | FREE

Join us on Saturday, October 1 at 2:00 p.m. when sculptor Christian Benefiel who deliver an Artist Talk and lead a Gallery Tour of his solo exhibition “Structural Tissue.” The discussion will focus on how he draws inspiration, ponders space, manipulates materials, and crafts his large-scale sculptures. “Structural Tissue,” features a series of new large-scale sculptures which Benefiel assembled and built on-site in the Kay Gallery at BlackRock and will be on view through October 22. This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

The exhibition “Christian Benefiel: Structural Tissue” will be on view September 10 through October 22 in the Kay Gallery. For the exhibit, Benefiel designed and built a series of new sculptural works in response to the exhibition space. The three large-scale works on display are the result of the artist’s most recent sculptural experiments in his studio and a contemplation of structural tissue focused on how the grouping of cells determines form, allows mobility, and provides a basic infrastructure for functionality. Benefiel further explored symbolic connections by applying the concept to the role of the individual in culture and society. Stressing the concept of inter-connectedness, he physically manipulated the structural tissue of his materials in sculptures built from the discarded construction lumber, an old sailcloth, reclaimed floor boards, nylon cord and steel fishing hooks.

ABOUT THE ARTIST: Christian Benefiel is a Maryland native currently living in Western Maryland. He received his BFA from East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC, earned his MFA in Sculpture from University of Maryland, College Park, and completed post-graduate studies at the Finnish Academy of Fine Art in Helsinki. Benefiel is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including a Fulbright Postgraduate Research Grant, Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, The Roth Endowment Award, and the Hamiltonian Fellowship. His work has been widely exhibited both regionally, nationally and internationally, including recent exhibitions at Josephine Sculpture Park, Frankfort, KY; VisArts, Rockville, MD; Area 405, Baltimore, MD; Foggy Bottom Sculpture Biennial, Washington, DC; Artisphere, Arlington, VA; Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA; Gallery 1708, Richmond, VA; Kaiku Gallery, Helsinki, Finland; School 33, Baltimore, MD; and Washington College, Chestertown, MD. He has done residencies at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, Pirkkala Sculpture Park, the Vermont Studio Center, and Jackson County Green Energy Park. The residency with Jackson County Green Energy Park included community and youth workshops in Metal Casting and Sculptural Practice. Benefiel is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV and maintains his studio practice in Keedysville, MD. Learn more about the artist at: www.christianbenefiel.com