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Charles Beneke: Specter

Presented by Akron Art Museum at Akron Art Museum, Akron OH

Aug 01 2015
Jan 03 2016
Charles Beneke: Specter

Specter, an installation by Charles Beneke, a Professor and Printmaking Area Coordinator at the University of Akron’s Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, offers pleasure in its lush surface decoration as well as a stark reminder of our penchant for excess and its impact.

Printed surfaces will accumulate in the Isroff Gallery as a figurative parallel to the human-made accumulation of carbon and greenhouse gas that endangers our planet. Beginning as conventional botanically-patterned wallpaper, Specter will morph into a linear graphic as it climbs an upward slope. Irregularity will yield to ordered repetition and forms will reference both the direction of the prevailing winds in Northeast Ohio and diagrams that chart rising levels of atmospheric carbon. As the form reaches a visual crescendo, it will begin to spiral onto its self with cyclonic, vortex-like force, snaking across the gallery. Visitors to Specter are encouraged to reflect upon and modify their actions by being asked to

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  • Interview and mini-documentary about printmaker and installation artist Charles Beneke. Shot in the Judith Bear Isroff Gallery of the Akron Art Museum during the installation of Beneke's exhibition Specter.

    Specter, an installation by Charles Beneke offers both pleasure in its lush surface decoration and a stark reminder of our penchant for excess and its impact. Beneke, a Professor and Printmaking Area Coordinator at the University of Akron’s Mary Schiller Myers School of Art, is an accomplished printmaker and installation artist whose work is visually stunning as well as challenging in asking viewers to confront the ecological crises that we face.


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