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Charles Benefiel

Random Numeric Repeater #8, #10 and Hygienic Toys #4, #1, #6

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Two sets of drawings bear witness to Benefiel's obsessive practice. One presents a series of abstract numbers-based markings, created by strict repetitive formulae. A second series of figural drawings of disturbing poupettes is created by a series of meticulously placed dots of differing sizes. (The drawing evolves from the center of the sheet of paper, rejecting conventional approaches to composition). These strict methods allow a level of forgetfulness in the making of the work. Two sound compositions, Underneath the Magnetic Fields and Consilience, which have the effect of blotting out external experience, accompany the work.

When

2005

About The Artist

Charles Benefiel grew up in California. His art specializes in stippling. He likes to draw with no lines and after he is done, he starts a process that makes his art resemble the texture of old paper.

Two sets of drawings bear witness to Benefiel's obsessive practice. One presents a series of abstract numbers-based markings, created by strict repetitive formulae. A second series of figural drawings of disturbing poupettes is created by a series of meticulously placed dots of differing sizes. (The drawing evolves from the center of the sheet of paper, rejecting conventional approaches to composition). These strict methods allow a level of forgetfulness in the making of the work. Two sound compositions, Underneath the Magnetic Fields and Consilience, which have the effect of blotting out external experience, accompany the work.

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