Birthdays are not a given…I am so enjoying my garden this year…Gratitude.
Richard and I were honored to have been among the invited artists for the Marist College Ethical Fashion Fair 2017.
The Marist College Ethical Fashion Fair was a unique opportunity to engaged with Marist fashion majors, along with the greater student body and faculty. Conversations were lively. I made a point of asking each student and faculty member about themselves, when they approached my table to browse. Subsequently, we benefited from exchanging authentic personal points of view. I wasn't just there to sell. My interactions were intentionally meaningful and beyond transactional.
As artists who live and work green, it was a pleasure to share our sustainable wearables with the Marist College community. Richard and I enjoy the smiles and 'aha' moments as our ingenuity sparks curiosity in those who encounter our recycled works. Marist College students plan and run the entire event. They should be commended for their hard work and dedication to exposing the Marist campus to sustainable culture through fashion. Richard's recycled truck tire rubber bags and belts, made people think. My old record necklaces inspired conversations about recycling plastic materials for art in a non toxic way.
The sustainable works on display made an impression. Shopping sustainably can turn one away from blind/thoughtless consumerism, while leading toward connecting what we wear directly to individuals who make; while also celebrating the beauty of narrative based cruelty free remnants and legacies.
RECYCLE SHOW 2017
MAY 13, 2017 THRU JUNE 18, 2017
BROOKLYN WATERFRONT ARTISTS COALITION SPRING GROUP SHOW
CURATOR: RENEE RADENBERG
JUROR: HARRIET TAUB
DOOR 7, AT THE PIER GATE
481 VAN BRUNT STREET
BROOKLYN, NY 11231
OPENING RECEPTION: MAY 13, 2017 1-6PM
Richard is honored and so very excited to have his salvaged steel sculpture featured in this distinctive exhibition that celebrates sustainable art. Hope to see you there!
Sunday was spent chopping wood. There's a big pile that's been seasoning for over 5 years. The wood from the organic yard is imperfect and asymmetrical. Richard does a great job with the log splitter. Still, the logs end up being differing widths and lengths. Most importantly, the wood is cut to the right length for our wood burning stove. Our wood stack would not be featured in Architectural Digest. Our wood stack is eccentric in the way it fits together. Of course, none of this matters in the end when one picks up a log to throw into the stove from the Wabi Sabi decaying wood stack.
The blog's been dark while, Richard and I are working hard on getting our new arts and collectables space open in Beacon, NY. In the meantime, check out Organic Art Farm on Etsy.com. I'm stocking the shop with recycled art, collectables and beautiful junk.
More updates coming soon!
TAXI CITY SALVAGED STEEL I-BEAM SCULPTURE BY RICHARD BENASH
Richard is honored and excited to have his sculpture featured in the upcoming juried exhibition at Monmouth Museum.
November 22, 2015 thru January 3, 2016
Richard and I will have sculptures featured in the outdoor sculpture exhibition on the 149 acre Saunders Farm in Garrison, NY. We are so very honored and excited to be participating in the 10th Year Anniversary of the Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm Project. It's a beautiful show that celebrates art, community and nature. Opening Saturday, September 5, 2-6PM (Rain dates: Sunday, September 6, or Monday, September 7.) Mid-Run Reception, October, 3, 2-6PM (Rain date: October 4. Last Day Exhibition is open to the public until dusk. October 31, 2015. Horses and cows roam the farm freely. Plan a God's Country picnic for day tripping the Hudson Valley. Hope you can make it!
The Farm Project 2015, Collaborative Concepts
Collaborative Concepts at Saunders Farm
We're celebrating our 10th ANNIVERSARY
this fall at Saunders Farm in Garrison, NY!
Saunders Farm is located on Old Albany Post Road, the historic earthen highway of the original route between New York City and Albany. The property begins with rolling pastures and culminates on a majestic ridge with 360-degree views of the Hudson Highlands. Black Angus cattle roam free. Sites for art range from intimate woody glens to open fields and dramatic vast expanses defined by stone walls.
Richard and I are honored to be participating artists in the fall outdoor sculpture exhibition on Saunders Farm in Garrison, NY. I'm currently, mosaicking a life-sized dairy cow. So excited. Will post WIP photos.
Please click to see the photographic carousel from the Out of Bounds opening reception.
When the opportunity to curate my first exhibition was presented to me; I set about reaching out to those artists whose works and lives I admired. I discovered Sue Kreitzman and her works through my love for outsider art. Sue's outrageous creativity captivated me. I was so curious about her. And I was compelled to reach out to her, even though she lived in London and she didn't know me from a can of paint! I wrote Sue Kreitzman a letter telling her about the exhibition I was curating and about myself. I asked Sue if she would allow me to show one or two of her beautiful kimonos or necklaces. Well, I was bowled-over when Sue Kreitzman replied to me two weeks later. Sue responded, "I'd love to do your show! I'm coming home to New York City for the holidays. I'd like to invite you to my studio; then we can talk about what will go best in the exhibition." From there, a whirlwind of creativity, art, connection and the abundant warmth of a new friendship began. Words cannot express how honored I am to have Sue Kreitzman's work in my first exhibition. I look at Sue's work and I am struck by the power of human connection. Never stop reaching out; even when the person seems so very far away. Congratulations on your great success, Sue!!!
Today, Richard and Larry built my barrel kiln today based on a kiln I saw in the book "Alternative Kiln & Firing Techniques." I am over the moon! Thank you!!!
We are collaborating with a very talented painter, Smezes Lorinzer. Smezs is in the process of priming the scrap yard fence line in preparation for painting the mural. I will mosaic the trees. WIP!
iPhone 5 video I shot of Richard and his guys working on the scrap yard fence last April.
"Art in Nature" a Greenwood Gardens & Studio Montclair Collaboration, August 3 -November 2, 2014.
"Eden" will be featured as part of the Studio Montclair and Greenwood Gardens outdoor sculpture exhibition "Art in the Garden" August 3-October 31, 2014.
So excited to have found such an amazingly talented photographer to work with. There is a beauty and grace in Richard's approach to cutting. Jeremy Tressler was able to break through the grittiness of the junk yard environment; capturing the pure essence of the steel itself. The resulting photographs are simply awesome.
Click arrow above for link to Greenwood Gardens, Shorthills, NJ.
Richard's Salvaged Bridge I-Beam Steel Sculpture "Eden" will be featured as part of Studio Montclair's 2014 summer garden show collaboration with Greenwood Gardens.
Seeing Richard's work in nature is quite a contrast considering where it's created. The juxtaposition between viewing the steel trees in the junk yard studio versus grass and open sky is remarkable.