MONMOUTH MUSEUM: PLEASE TOUCH! SCULPTURE EXHIBITION 2015

MONMOUTH MUSEUM: PLEASE TOUCH! SCULPTURE EXHIBITION 2015

Museum Statement:
Please Touch! Sculpture Exhibition at the Monmouth Museum is a Main Gallery juried exhibition featuring wall and free standing sculpture that can be touched by visitors. This exhibition is intended to help visually-impaired people overcome the barrier they experience at most museums by allowing everyone to experience art by touching. Sighted people will also learn to experience art without relying on their eyesight in addition to a visual artistic experience.

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Conjure   High Fire Ceramic Mixed Media Mosaic Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Conjure High Fire Ceramic Mixed Media Mosaic Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Helios Horse   Mixed Media Mosaic Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Helios Horse Mixed Media Mosaic Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Offering   High Fire Ceramic Mixed Media Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

Offering High Fire Ceramic Mixed Media Sculpture by Shelita Birchett Benash 

I am excited to have two of my mixed media mosaic sculptures and one of my ceramic mixed media sculptures chosen for the upcoming Monmouth Museum's Please Touch! Sculpture Exhibition opening on June 28, thru September 6, 2015.


My artwork centers on the visceral nature of gathering, wrapping, layering, breaking, forming and hand-piecing many elements to form a cohesive whole. Hand-crafting and hand-piecing is essential to building my mosaic and mixed media sculptures. Museum goers will have the opportunity to connect with my works through the powerful sense of touch. I find the concept compelling. This wonderfully progressive and inclusive Please Touch! exhibition will enable the visually impaired and the sighted to experience aspects of the kinetic and meditative energy that is imbued into my work. I am honored to have my sculptures chosen for such a wonderfully special  exhibition that will allow the museum visitors to connect with me, my artworks and my intentions on such an intimate level. This is my first exhibition with Monmouth Museum. I can't wait to visit. I look forward to what I will learn from this interactive and transcendent creative experience. Gratitude. 


AFTV 51: OUT OF BOUNDS AIRS THURS. MARCH 5, 2015 @ 7:30PM WITH HOST SHELITA BIRCHETT BENASH


OUT OF BOUNDS: FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION EXHIBITION INTERVIEW WITH ARTISTS: 

ANTHONY  E. BOONE & NOEL DONALDSON 

Shelita Birchett Benash with Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson at the MNN studios in NYC. February 11, 2015.

Shelita Birchett Benash with Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson at the MNN studios in NYC. February 11, 2015.


Manhattan Neighborhood Network; MNN, The Artist Forum, AFTV: Host Shelita Birchett Benash with artists: Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression Exhibition 2015

Manhattan Neighborhood Network, MNN, AFTV, The Artists Forum, Host: Shelita Birchett Benash with artists Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson, Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression Exhibition 2015

Manhattan Neighborhood Network, MNN, The Artists Forum, AFTV: Host, Shelita Birchett Benash with artists, Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson, Out of Bonds: Freedom of Expression Exhibition 2015

Excited to be working with Amos White V and AFTV again! I had the wonderful opportunity to host AFTV's Episode: 51: Out of Bounds at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network studios. Anthony E. Boone and Noel Donaldson are two deeply creative visionary artists. The interview was insightful and engaging for artists in all stages of professional development. Thank you, Amos and the MNN crew for a wonderful taping! 

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Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

What a day this was! 7 hour drive to Pittsburgh for the closing weekend of the Women of Visions, Inc. "Storytellers Truth be Told!" exhibition at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. Great show. So happy to have been a part of a beautiful exhibition put on by an historic African American guild of women artists. Truly special. Thank you, Laverne & Christine for an unforgettable experience! 

Curatorial Statement by Shelita Birchett Benash

“I always wanted to be free.”~ Thorton Dial

Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression is an international all media exploration of how deep creativity and fearlessness push artists outside the lines of traditional methods, applications and ways of seeing. The featured media are emblematic expressions of the untethered spirit that knows no limits.Out of Bounds seizes upon that symbiotic dialogue between viewer and artwork. And through social media’s real-time connectivity; the artist also becomes part of the conversation. With this action, the exhibition will attempt to break out of the static material gallery space; onto virtual platforms. By using various 21st century technological modes of direct communication; this exhibition serves as a fluid work-in-progress exposing the featured artists to the viewer’s gaze and gallery experience. Out of Bounds seeks to facilitate perspective cross-connections that forge new and significant links between viewers and artists, while revealing art’s value as a participatory culture and meaningful place maker. The interactive nature of the exhibition gives viewers the ability to openly engage with the artists as they consider the artworks, the power of personal narrative and unfettered creativity.

“Out of Bounds: Freedom of Expression” has a corresponding Facebook page, Tumblr blog and Twitter account where viewers are encouraged to actively participate digitally with the artists. QR codes inside the exhibition also take visitors directly to Vimeo.com, where they can watch short films and videos by the “Out of Bounds” digital storytellers

https://www.facebook.com/freedomofexpressionexhibition

http://outofboundsfreedomofexpression.tumblr.com

https://vimeo.com/user36403724

 

 

Large Scale Mosaic Commission 2014

I've been commissioned to create a large scale mosaic for a recycling education center in Westchester, New York. Here's the work in progress. The conference table is 5' x 16'. 

About to waterproof the table. 

About to waterproof the table. 

Priming the table after waterproofing it.  12/27/13

Priming the table after waterproofing it.  12/27/13

Richard helps with drafting a recycling symbol for the center of the table. 12/28/13.

Richard helps with drafting a recycling symbol for the center of the table. 12/28/13.

Stenciling on the grass border. 12/28/13.

Stenciling on the grass border. 12/28/13.

Selfie on the way home from working on the MRF mosaic. Just happened to be the last selfie of 2013. 

Selfie on the way home from working on the MRF mosaic. Just happened to be the last selfie of 2013. 

Work in progress 1/8/14. Employing the direct method. My approach to making is art is very free form. I am very lucky that I am able to complete the creation  and installation on site. A tremendous amount of planning went into the designing of this mosaic. However, I am composing organically. 

Work in progress 1/8/14. Employing the direct method. My approach to making is art is very free form. I am very lucky that I am able to complete the creation  and installation on site. A tremendous amount of planning went into the designing of this mosaic. However, I am composing organically. 

Mosaic work in progress 1/13/14.

Mosaic work in progress 1/13/14.

Mosaic work in progress. 1/20/14.

Mosaic work in progress. 1/20/14.

Mosaic work in progress. 1/20/14. 

Mosaic work in progress. 1/20/14.