Wow. Can’t believe it has taken me so long to follow up on some of the art I enjoyed at this year’s Button Factory open studio. Admittedly my time there was TOO short, but I did get to the studio of Jen Benn, the reigning queen of technology paintings. How does one make circuit boards look beautiful? Always richly painted, Jen’s canvases are filled with wonderful patterns. I could see sections being reproduced as fabrics. And this year she introduced some intricate patterns representing DNA. Jen likes to work on large canvases, but I heard a rumor that she might work on a series of smaller works. Stay tuned…….
AND, as always, Tim Gaudreau had some a provocative works aimed at raising awareness of environmental concerns. Previous projects have included a Lost and Found series which more or less viewed discarded litter as it might be seen through the eyes of someone visiting our planet for the first time. Tim’s Self- Portrait Through Trash show won him national recognition. And this latest group of photo collages assembled in a cross formation, depict packaging,(ultimately trash) made necessary by our increasing desire for convenience, as modern day idols. In all of these projects, Tim manages to awaken an awareness regarding serious environmental issues, without really preaching. I think this is a much more effective means of getting his audience to examine their own behaviors and perhaps make modifications which will benefit the planet. It’s important work.