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202230apr(apr 30)12:00 am06oct(oct 6)11:59 pmAppleton Museum of Art | 04/30/22 - 10/06/22 | Invented Observations | Steve Benson | Ocala


April 30 (Saturday) 12:00 am - October 6 (Thursday) 11:59 pm


Appleton Museum of Art

4333 E Silver Springs Blvd Ocala FL 34470


Appleton Museum of Art 4333 E Silver Springs Blvd Ocala FL 34470

Event Details

Art Exhibition | 04/30/22 – 10/06/22
Invented Observations | Steve Benson

Appleton Museum of Art
4333 E Silver Springs Blvd Ocala FL 34470

Benson’s photographs find magic in things places people and processes not intended to carry any grand significance representing a search for meaning influenced by Existentialist writers like Camus Kafka and Dostoevsky.

The myriad random events we encounter are layered with a relevance we apply to them. This is the process of constructing our world.

Benson says “As the French Curator Jean-Claude Lemagny once told me “Although the subject matter of your photographs varies from landscapes to portraits the soul of the images are the same.” The comment deeply affected the way I thought about the connection between ‘internal’ and ‘external’ within the photographic process.”

Benson is a Professor of Photography/Video at the School of Photography and Media Studies Daytona State College. He has been an educator fine art and commercial freelance photographer for more than 25 years.—— From the artistt website’The Aesthetics of Transformation: Highway (re)Construction’

These photographs are representative of a long-term project that reflects an ongoing interest in the idea of transformation. For the past six-years I’ve been creating images that explore the activities and artifacts associated with the process of transforming the landscape by an enormous infrastructure project. My goals are very different from anyone else working on the new I-4 highway running through Central Florida. Everything they are focused on has to do with physics – weight loads and distribution gravity traffic flow and water runoff. I’m looking at it from an aesthetic perspective seemingly referencing the past present and future as the constructed environments can feel like ruins of a former civilization. I’m reminded of Margaret Bourke-White when she said “…industrial forms were all the more beautiful because they were never designed to be beautiful. Industry…had evolved an unconscious beauty – often a hidden beauty that was waiting to be discovered.” The constructed environments I’m exploring function as ‘unintended’ site-specific sculptures or land art often presenting miraculous potential for photographic engagement. The process of making these photographs function as a collaborative activity with individuals I only know through the evidence of their actions.