The stories I choose to tell are rooted in such a projected mythology based partially in fact, but inherently fictitious in nature. Drawing from fiction, the works of old masters and contemporary studies of the aftermath of Chernobyl, I have developed a series of works that are as much a political agenda as they are a fantastic prophecy. I have adopted a number of methods, employing time-honored print media along with digital media and web content to devise a formally reflexive statement about our species continuously teetering on the edge of its own extinction. At its core, my statement is a warning to men and an omen for the creatures that inherit our waste.
Recent works explore the phenomenon of celestial events, such as the mysterious Tunguska in the Siberian forests. The cause of the Tunguska explosion is yet unknown, but the vast acreage of leveled trees an the radiation that emanates from this remote site are cause for great concern, and beg questions about the possibility of astronomic collision and calamity, which we know to have happened many times in the course of our planet’s history. What might the aftermath of such an event look like? As I imagine it, the story of this time and place, is rapidly unfolding, and as the narrative proliferates – so too do my methods of storytelling.
Prints, video and new media work in tandem to impart a sort of prophecy, foretelling a proposed calamity, and of the decline of human civilization in its wake. Through my work, I venture centuries down the road, to a future without men, in which the Rabbit are king and nature’s bounty is unfettered by the constructs of our race.
Benjamin grew up in northern Idaho and central Oklahoma. As a boy, his interests in art and storytelling were kindled by spending time watching his parents work in theatrical scene shops, painting large backdrops for plays and musicals. These interests led him to study art and drama in High School, and later in college at Oklahoma State University, where he discovered a passion for woodcuts and intaglio, and graduated with a B.F.A. in art. Benjamin also studied film production at North Carolina School of the Arts, but returned to his fine art roots, and is currently seeking an M.F.A. in printmaking at the University of Minnesota. He is a hopeless cinephile, prolific blogger, and Arts Editor of The Fiddleback literary journal. He is currently drawing a very large picture of a Rabbit.
Brockman at The Sacred Trust.
Top Screen Print from Blackhart Portrait Session. Copyright, 2012.