M. Benjamin Herndon MFA 16 PR
Based in Providence, RI
In my work I am interested in creating a quiet conversation between material interactions, subtle compositional intention, and optical experience. My painting practice involves a time-consuming, layered preparation of a surface composed of gelatin, marble dust, and pigments on linen, which become lustrous grounds for subtle, minimal silverpoint drawings. My works on paper represent a range of hand-printmaking processes as well as unique drawings that explore subtlety and quiet in their own ways.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
I'm interested in light and motion, and how both can be subtly observed on surfaces. This is the primary concern in my paintings, and is achieved through an accumulation of silverpoint lines on lustrous graphite grounds.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
Yes, it does -- I discovered the materials I currently use in my painting practice while studying printmaking, and I've been fortunate enough to teach a printmaking class this spring, so I still feel very connected to RISD. Also, a good number of the prints I'll be sharing at RISD Craft were made at RISD.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
Along new prints and original drawings, I'm excited to show some new small paintings on canvas.
Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?
I recently completed a residency at the Josef & Anni Albers Foundation, and I'm looking forward to upcoming solo shows this fall in New York and this coming winter in Boston.
To see more of M. Benjamin's work, visit mbenjaminherndon.com