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BEN GROSS / UNDERLYING MEANINGS: SABBATICAL EXHIBIT Artist Talk (Zoom)

ART + DESIGN
Zoom
Wednesday, Feb 9, 2022 at 12:30 PM (ET) to Wednesday, Feb 9, 2022 at 1:30 PM (ET)

Join artist Benjamin Gross for a discussion about his Sabbatical Exhibition, Underlying Meanings.

You will receive access to the Zoom talk via a separate communication after you complete your reservation. 

The exhibition is on view in The Winfisky Gallery, February 7 - March 4. Monday through Friday from 10am-4 pm. The gallery is located on the ground floor of the Ellison Campus Center.

Benjamin Gross, Professor in the Art + Design Department at Salem State University in Salem, MA, since 1997,
earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Delaware and a Master of Fine Arts from Cranbrook
Academy of Art. He is a member of The Boston Printmakers. His work has been exhibited in regional, national,
and international solo and group exhibitions. Benjamin’s artwork is exhibited daily on his website at
www.benjamingrossart.com and https://www.instagram.com/benj... on Instagram.


Artist Statement
In this exhibit, I am showcasing my artwork from the sabbatical I took in the spring 2021 semester. The time
creating artwork full time allowed me to follow my inspiration, passion and further investigate both
nonobjective and figural/representational subject matter. It enabled me to intertwine printmaking and color
theory which has been an exciting tangent for my portfolio and pedagogically linked to my teaching. The
exhibition includes my “Underlying Meanings” series of 12 editions of prints, “Mini Meanings” series of 18
editions and some figurative work as well. Each print incorporates hand drawn transparencies, hole punch
registry and hand printed image formulations. “Underlying Meanings” is a combination of abstract
compositions that use color theory (primary / secondary colors) to create the illusion of transparency and color
mixing. The non-objective compositions illustrate how humans perceive color and the visual effects of how
overlapping colors mix, balance, or contrast with each other. For example, my serigraph “Well Rounded”
incorporates the literal definition of integrating a smooth and or curved shape. But it also conveys secondary
and tertiary translations of being pleasurably varied and balanced. My artwork allows the viewer to find
parallels between the abstract subject matter and their own experience / perception. A comparison can then
be constructed through the infused titles and compositions that are interpreted. The “Mini Meanings” series is
an offshoot of my "Underlying Meanings' series of prints. In addition to prints with primary and secondary
colors, “Mini Meanings” includes designs that also incorporate varied color schemes. The figurative work is
expressive, bold, colorful and or guided by representational subject matter.

If you plan to visit the gallery please note the following about Covid-19 Safety on campus:

Masks are required indoors on the Salem State campus. Our venue capacities are reduced. We ask that you not attend any event if you are feeling unwell. All campus event attendees are expected to follow university policies (including health and safety policies) and posted instructions while at any of our venues.

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