“During my past fifty years as a sculptor/teacher - eleven years at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, and nearly thirty at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland, I fabricated sculptures with fire. Fire contributes the magic for pushing your fingerprints into wax, encapsulating it, melting out the wax, and pouring in the bronze, so that when you break the cocoon, a bouquet of bronze fingerprints emerges. When you are welding, you are like the moth in the darkness, following a flickering flame as you perform the marriage ceremony of fire and metal. Now it’s the cool electronic medium that provokes the pixels and creates the spark of magic.
My pixel modeling started a few years ago when I began digitizing my fifty-five year collection of slides. Digging through images from your archeological dung pile causes you to smell the fumes from your own time bus. Riding the highways of the past challenges your balance and perspective yet leaves behind debris ready for transformation. When the visual debris combines with the visceral horror of what is happening to the natural world, a metamorphosis occurs which may hatch ideas such as those seen in most of my images.”
Art Benson’s sculpture can be seen in the Baltimore area in various places from the bronze image of Edgar Allan Poe on his grave at Westminister Hall and Burial Grounds, 509 Fayette Street, to Columbia outside the former Rouse Company headquarters, to various Baltimore schools where his work was part of the 1% for art program. For the last 20 or so years, he has worked on a floating art piece where he lives and chases pixels. He retired as Chair of the Sculpture Department at MICA in 2001.