Nov 19: Artist Lecture Series – Benjamin Entner

  • Date/time: Wednesday, November 19 at 7pm
  • Location: Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany, 140 New Scotland Ave.
  • Cost: FREE and open to the public

Image: Colossus of Primaporta Ink on fabric, 2014. Site: Soap Factory

Co-sponsored by Opalka Gallery and the Department of Art + Design, interdisciplinary artist Benjamin Entner wraps up the first half of the 2014-15 Artist Lecture Series at Sage College of Albany.

Benjamin Entner creates works that are the result of conceptual play and material experimentation. Entner’s work actively engages a viewer to intimately react and interact through the use of humour, wonder, and large physical presence. Entner writes, “When I work, I am very conscious of my viewer and, often, I want to make my viewers conscious of themselves. I try to accomplish this by creating a presence of an object or installation that interrupts or intervenes in a viewer’s passive viewing of a piece, and forces them to actively experience it.”

Entner’s current body of work is exploring 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. These works are made with a keen awareness to art historical precedents and are often a direct reference to or parody of the figurative work of Classical and Renaissance masters.

Benjamin’s work has shown nationally and internationally; most recently with exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Center of Las Vegas, the Soap Factory of Minneapolis, the Kenneth J Minnaert Center of the Arts in Olympia, WA, as well as, SOMA Kunstgeneratorinstitusjon in Bergen, Norway, and the Handwerker Gallery of Ithaca College.