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Ben Sears: Excavations

April 1 - April 27, 2018

work by Ben SearsOpening Reception: April 1, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Ben Sears' solo exhibition "Excavations" opens on Sunday, April 1 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at the Hampden Gallery. In his exhibition, Sears presents a series of imaginative drawings that explore the idea of performance spaces such as arenas and stadiums.

The drawings in this exhibit are investigations of ideas that Ben Sears has been working with for the past several years. Each piece begins with an image that has psychological resonance for the artist. Lately he has been working with empty clothing and stadium interiors as starting points. Through the process of making, erasing, remaking and layering, he starts to understand what he is going after. The relationship that he has with each drawing deepens over the course of months or, sometimes, years. By the time he is ready to call a drawing finished it has usually been made and re-made many times. The history of each piece can be seen through the layers of ink, paint and charcoal. Benjamin Sears earned a BFA from RISD in illustration (1996) and an MFA in painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (1999). He is a working artist and has exhibited throughout New England and New York state. He has been teaching since 1999 and currently teaches art at Amherst Regional High School.