Does beauty make sense?
“Elements of our culture speak to us (artists) and we respond”. Douglas Balch.
“The acquisition of memory is distinct from its retrieval…”
“The motor cooled down, the heat went down, that’s when I heard the highway sound” Chuck Berry.
Bliss free TV, digital tonics, the Gypsy Woman, avoid delays, The Blue Mirror, not in public, the ample thigh, ordinary fish, the standard achievement…Time, Safe, Risk.
“……….The experience of the road was something mapped out but not socially recognized”. Out there were abandoned WWII airstrips, surreal landscapes, industrial shadow lands, places that had nothing to do with function, created worlds without tradition, artificial landscapes without cultural precedent, without history.
The encounters with these and numerous other markers of our cultural engagement have informed and continue to cross inform my ongoing inquiry.
Peter T. Bennett is a visual artist who has lived and worked in Maine for the past four decades. He has and continues to work in multiple disciplines including painting, sculpture, photography, print media, video, performance art and is currently working in aluminum relief sculpture.