September First Friday: Ben Seamons
September 7 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The UT Downtown Gallery is pleased to host an exhibition of work by Ben Seamons. Ben graduated with an MFA in painting from the University of Tennessee in 2012. He remained in Knoxville making paintings, raising two daughters with his wife Kate, and helping to establish and open Alliance Brewing. He passed away unexpectedly in 2016.
This exhibition is a commemoration of his life on the 2 year anniversary of his passing.
“My recent paintings depict human figures that arise out of a painting process that sets the subject matter and the paint on a collision course. The use of gestural abstraction in relationship to the figure conjures unanticipated moments where figures are caught in metaphysical experiences. The figure and the gesture emerge and dissolve, they co-evolve with their meaning, recognizing each other as counterparts. They become embedded or hidden within layers of paint that are deposited over time. The paint is the medium that transmits a kind of psychic reality and elicits themes of boundary dissolution: between material and spirit, the body and space; between the violent and the ecstatic, the concentrated and the diluted.”
-Ben Seamons, on his final body of work