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2014 Zanesville Prize Finalists Gallery » Benzle, Curtis - Ipanema

2014 Zanesville Prize Finalists Gallery
Artist: Curtis Benzle
Dimensions: About 17w x 7 x7
Medium: porcelain
Artist's Statement: My work is created using colored, vitreous, translucent porcelain. Color is incorporated directly into the porcelain, enabling me to use the material for both two and three-dimensional expression. This material/technique allows for greater immediacy and a significant integration between form and surface. An additional, and, essential material characteristic - translucency - is also a core aesthetic issue. Light is incorporated directly into the work through the translucent character of the porcelain. Colors change, blend and oppose based on the visual response of each piece to its luminous environment. These interactions are planned and essential to a full understanding and appreciation of the aesthetic content of the objects. Much of the imagery is constructed from repeat patterning. This fascination with creating complexity out of essential simplicity is at the core of all my work. The complexity is heightened through the incorporation of light---drawing the viewer deeper into the surface through the actual presence of light and shadow.
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