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John Benvenuto

1315 Creighton Avenue
Dayton, OH 45420-1931, U.S.A.
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Compaction and Rhizome
Creatures, human and wild, in moving about trammel the earth, compacting it.  I have adopted an ancient building method, rammed-earth.  I create in earth forms an extreme density, an in-gathering of stones, root pieces, worms, micro-organisms.  I am excited to lift the ground above the horizon; there, in the form of rammed-earth walls, is revealed layers of time, space and matter.  Presenting this earthen environment on top of the ground enables me to represent the usually unseen connections in nature: a display of root, rhizome and node.  I aim to explore the process of absorbing oneself in nature and the emotional and intuitive experiences one can have, spiritual/empathetic resonances.  Artmaking deploys artifice into the real world.  These artworks' transformative power will be through a matrix of that artifice and nature; finding the balance is my immediate chore.  Amidst the roots, grass, and branch are sisal, netting and string.  Architectural materials such as glassblock, lumber, and acrylic sheet are insinuated as tokens of human habitation within nature's realm.  I mull over our expectations for, and comforts from, nature in the face of unexpected manifestations of stasis and change. 




SHOWS (partial listing)
Rosewood Art Gallery, Kettering, OH "Land-scape" 2016
Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI,"String Theory: Beyond Dimension" 2012
South Carolina Governors School for the Arts and Humanities, Greenville, SC., String Theory:  Mass Into Line, Plane." 2010 (solo)
Washington and Jefferson College, Washington PA., "String Theory: Closed Loops in Architecture," 2010
Art Academy of Cincinnati,Cincinnati, OH., Fringe Festival/Visual Fringe, 2009
Sinclair Community College,Dayton, OH., "String Theory: Line of Sight" 2008
South Bend Regional Museum of Art,South Bend, IN., "String Theory: Ostinado" 2008 
Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield,OH., "Ohio Art League Spring Juried Exhibition," 2008 
I-Park, East Haddam, CT., "Ziggurat Suture" (outdoor installation), 2007 
The Carnegie, Covington, KY., “String Theory: Riff and Limn,” 2007
Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit, Detroit, MI., “All Media Exhibition,” 2007
Rosewood Gallery, Kettering, OH. “20th Anniversary Invitational” 2007
Fitton Center for the Creative Arts, Hamilton, OH. (three-person) “String Theory: Transport” 2006
            Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, OH. (two-person), “String Theory: Spaces to Believe In” 2006
            Newport Art Museum, Newport RI., “Ourchitecture,” 2005
Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN. (two-person) “ReUse” upcoming June-August 2005
FE Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA., “Fear: Real or Imagined?,” 2005
Dayton Visual Artists Center, Dayton, OH. (three-person), “WorkArt” 2004
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, N.Y. outdoor installation: “Light and Landscape” July-October 2004
Gallery Beshart, Montclair, N.J., “Recent Works on Paper” 2004
SPACES, Cleveland, OH, installation: “Accretion Wall, an Inter-active Installation”, March, 2003
Roy G. BIV Gallery, Columbus, OH (two-person), “Recent Works” 2003
The Dairy Barn Art Center, Athens, OH, “Move It!” 2002
Three Rivers Arts Festival Juried Exhibition, Pittsburgh, PA, 2002
ARC Gallery “National Exhibition,” Chicago, IL, 2001
Rosewood Gallery, Dayton, OH (two-person), 2001
Hudson Walker Gallery, Provincetown, MA, 2000Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1996
Popular Art Center, Ramallah, Occupied West Bank (solo), 1994
University of the District of Columbia, Installation: “Refugee Tent,” 1993
Old Ramallah Gallery, Ramallah, Occupied West Bank, (solo), 1988
Hudson Walker Gallery, Provincetown, Massachusetts (two-person), 1983
Twelve Sculptors Gallery, New York City, 1980
Amarillo Competition, Amarillo, Texas, 1977
Jonson Gallery, Albuquerque, New Mexico (solo), 1974
            Museum of Albuquerque, Albuquerque, New Mexico, “Introductions ‘73" 1973
Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe, New Mexico,” New Mexico Fine Arts Biennial” 1973
Kravetz Gallery, Rochester, New York, 1971
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama (solo), 1971
U.S., Jordan, Palestine.
Book cover for We Have Gone to the Beach, by Cynthia Huntington. Maine: Alice James Press, 1996.
Book cover for Witnessing, by Carolyn Maisel. Colorado: L'Epervier Press, 1978.
Portfolio of work in Puerto del Sol, New Mexico, spring, 1974
 Prairie Center for the Arts, Peoria, IL,Residency, 2011
Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District visual Arts Fellowship, 2008
Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, 2007
Artists’ Enclave at I-Park, East Haddam, CT., 2007, Residency
Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District Visual Artist Fellowship , 2004
Stone Quarry Hill Art Park, Cazenovia, N.Y., 2004, Residency
Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts, 1980, Residency
Hotchkiss Workshop Scholarship, 1971
International Sculpture Center
Ohio Arts Education Association