Spring 2016 Schedule

Jaggy Sky


Ben Pranger
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January 18 – February 20
Reception: February 5, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Ben Pranger’s current sculpture combines organic and architectural elements in hybrid constructions of papier-mâché, plaster, wood and paint. Moving between organization and chaos, the work often begins with a fragment of a previous work. Blobby masses are built around skeletal structures or scaffolding supports bulbous growths. These contrasting forms operate in tension: pixilated grids emerge from fluid forms like cities colonizing an indeterminate terrain. The sculpture is a kind of failed architecture, where structures, overwhelmed by disaster, collapse under the weight of matter, only to rise again from the ruins to rebuild the city anew. While the sculpture is decidedly low-tech, investigating material-based abstraction, it also imagines future worlds and habitations, suggesting sci-fi, dystopian scenarios.

Ben Pranger earned a BFA from Oberlin College and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has shown his work throughout the U.S., including recent group shows at Drawing Rooms (NJ), Artist-Run/ Satellite Show (Miami), Trestle Gallery (NY) and Grizzly Grizzly (PA). He has participated in artist residencies at Kohler Art/Industry, Fine Arts Work Center of Provincetown, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and has received sculpture grants from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New Jersey Council for Art.

 

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 12:30 – 4 p.m., selected weekends and by appointment

Additional Hours:
Saturday January 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday January 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday February 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday February 15, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday February 20, 10 a.m. – 4p.m.
Saturday March 19, 10 a.m. – 4p.m.
Sunday April 3, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday April 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Saturday April 23, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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