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Benjamin Potter
updated: 12/16/2010
website: www.benpotter.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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2 part
Black Camouflage
Blot
Gas
Lift
Lifted
Prowess
Swing
Vine(color)
Fred and Seth
Ben and Seth
Cornfield
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, landscape, nature, abstract
 
 
2 part by Benjamin Potter
2 part
milk on paper
2007
19" x  24" 
Black Camouflage by Benjamin Potter
Black Camouflage
plastic bag on paper
2008
24" x  19" 
Blot by Benjamin Potter
Blot
milk on paper
2008
24" x  19" 
Gas by Benjamin Potter
Gas
plastic bag on paper
2007
24" x  19" 
Lift by Benjamin Potter
Lift
plastic bag on paper
2008
24" x  19" 
Lifted by Benjamin Potter
Lifted
milk on paper
2008
24" x  19" 
Prowess by Benjamin Potter
Prowess
plastic bag on paper
2008
24" x  19" 
Swing by Benjamin Potter
Swing
plastic bag on paper
2008
19" x  24" 
Vine(color) by Benjamin Potter
Vine(color)
plastic bag on paper and gouache
2007
24" x  19" 
Fred and Seth by Benjamin Potter
Fred and Seth
plastic bag on paper
2006
24" x  19" 
Ben and Seth by Benjamin Potter
Ben and Seth
plastic bag on paper
2006
24" x  19" 
Cornfield by Benjamin Potter
Cornfield
gouache on paper
2009
30" x  44" 

Artist Statement
This work attempts to represent the pleasures and particulars of time spent in the woods. On the trails near my house I sometimes see the local kids smoking and drinking beer, and they set me to thinking about the woods as a place of refuge and possibility: an unsupervised and intricate space. I have always spent time outside, alone and with friends, and I’m interested in how people make sense of the natural world. The woods reveal themselves to people in various states of mind: birdwatchers and walkers, teenagers and botanists. The eye lights on a tangle of branches, weeds underfoot, or nothing much at all.

The plastic in many of these pieces is from the type of shopping bags that often appear snagged in trees and ditches. I was attracted to this material because of its translucency and mundane malleability. It is an unromantic material reworked.

Artist Bio / CV

Benjamin B. Potter
125 Cedar St.
Belfast, ME 04915
benjamib@yahoo.com

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Education

M.F.A. 1998 Painting and Drawing California College of the Arts

B.A. 1993 Fine Art Williams College

B.A. 1993 Biology Williams College

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Experience

2006-Present Associate Professor of Art, Unity College – Unity, ME

2006-Present Director, Leonard Craig Gallery, Unity College – Unity, ME

2007 Artist-Teacher, Vermont College of Union Institute and University, MFA Program – Montpelier, VT

Selected Exhibitions (*solo shows marked by asterisk)

2008

*Endurance, Navta-Shultz Gallery, Chicago, IL

Biennial Exhibition, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME

Betwixt and Between: Courthouse Gallery, Ellsworth, ME

Linear Perspectives, June Fitzpatrick Gallery, Portland, ME

2007

Aqua Art Miami Contemporary Art Fair, Miami, FL

Sourcing: Sustainable Imagination, Waterfall Arts, Belfast, ME

Ben Potter, Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, ME

Misuse, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME

Second Coming, Kolok Gallery, North Adams, MA

2006

*Kindling, Navta-Shultz Gallery, Chicago, IL

Refined, Lyons Wier Ortt Gallery, New York, NY

Scope/London, London, England

Dream Cabinet, Slocumb Gallery, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN

Fresh Paint, Navta-Shultz Gallery, Chicago, IL

2005

Works on Paper, Kunstverein Jena, Optisches Museum, Jena, Germany

Eight Counties, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2004

*Invisible Ink. Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Line: Five positions in Contemporary Drawing, Dina4 Projekte, Munich, Germany

Berliner Liste, Contemporary Art Fair, Berlin, Germany

Inaugural Mudd, Lawrence University Art Gallery, Appleton, WI

Group Show, Water Street Gallery, Princeton, WI

2003

BUY Contortions, Taxter and Spengemann, New York, NY

Taxter&Spengemann Miami Invitational, Scope Art Fair, Townhouse Hotel, Miami, FL

Group Show, Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago, IL

Ordinary Uncanny, Scope Art Fair, Dylan Hotel, New York, NY

*Ben Potter, St. Andrews Sewanee Gallery, St. Andrews, TN