Random Numeric Repeater #8, #10 and Hygienic Toys #4, #1, #6 2005

Charles Benefiel
Gestures 8: November 17, 2005 – January 8, 2006
ink on paper

The drawings bear witness to the artists' obsessive practice.


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.

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.