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Opening Reception: ANDREW BENCSKO III, ex tempore

Date(s) - 05/31/2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Monmouth Museum

NJ Emerging Artists Series

Monmouth Museum’s NJ Emerging Artists Series presents:

Andrew Bencsko III
ex tempore
May 31 – June 30, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, May 31, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Artist Gallery Talk: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Both the reception and gallery talk are free and open to the public.

Nilson Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Admission $8

Artist Statement:

My abstractions stem from observations of heaps of discarded materials and debris during my hectic daily commute through NYC’s streets and subways. References of these seemingly thoughtless piles are made through snapshots and thumbnail sketches and in such a moment, they become compositions. I seek to depict the unconventional relationships of different forms and maze-like formations. On the surface, they are excess pieces of lumber, steel frames, and miss-cut studs from construction sites along with broken gypsum board, plastic wrap, conduit, and empty coffee cups. In my paintings, I emphasize not the actual subject matter, but the varying patinas, the lines jutting in and out from incongruent angles deviating the eye to multiple focal points. As spontaneously as I encounter these subjects and my mind composes them, I paint with the same sense of immediacy, ex tempore – on the spur of the moment, for even the slightest shift in time or space will create a new perspective and that moment is lost. That the subject is not precious nor of value increases this immediacy as it is unlikely to be reflected upon in the same way ever again.

Image above: Reconstruction of Faith • Oil Pastel on Arches Paper, 12 x 16, 2018