“Simplicity is the greatest adornment of art.”
Art admirers are invited to view the photo exhibition “Simplicity Squared” by Bob Benson during First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. April 1 at Newman University.
“Simplicity Squared” will be on display in the Steckline Gallery March 31 through April 22. An Artist Talk, which includes a discussion with the artist, will take place noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 31.
All events are free and open to the public.
About the artist
Benson is a local photographer who draws inspiration from simple backgrounds and foregrounds as well as high contrast and color, specifically in regards to landscape.
His minimalistic photographs capture wide, open spaces with a strong focus on one element of a scene.
“My photographic perspective is, mainly, simple is better,” Benson wrote in his artist statement. “From an enjoyability perspective, it’s been the ability to find abstract patterns in non-abstract situations — for example, baseball stadiums, architecture, plants. I hope the viewer experiences the same or even more enjoyment as I get.”
Shannon Johnston, associate professor of art and director of the Steckline Gallery, looks forward to showcasing Benson’s photographic work in the gallery.
“Bob is the husband of former Newman president Noreen Carrocci and his relationship with Newman and Steckline has been a long one,” Johnston said. “This is my first time as director featuring Bob in the gallery. It is wonderful to see the progression of Bob’s work and the continuing of the relationship with the gallery.”
Benson displays his photographic exhibitions at Gallery XII: An Artist’s Cooperative in Wichita.
About the Steckline Gallery
The Steckline Gallery is located inside the De Mattias Fine Arts Center on the Newman campus, 3100 McCormick Ave. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment.
For more information, email Johnston at [email protected]
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