Gallery Openings and Events

Common Ground Gallery at VisArts Presents Sea of Tranquility, Ocean of Doubt

Christian Benefiel, Ongoing Resolution, 2014, Wood, mixed media, Dimensions variable, ~10 x 12 x 8 feet. Courtesy of VisArts.

Christian Benefiel, Ongoing Resolution, 2014, Wood, mixed media, Dimensions variable, ~10 x 12 x 8 feet. Courtesy of VisArts.

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Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Friday, September 4 from 7pm to 9pm

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Christian Benefiel fills the gallery with a site-specific installation that teeters between completed object and in-progress construction. His hybrid forms strike a playful yet tense balance between the mass-produced and the hand-crafted.

About the Artist: Christian Benefiel is a native of Maryland. The explosive development of the area, and its impact on the maritime environment are constantly influencing his work.  Having also lived and worked in The Baltic States and Scandinavia, the evolving cultural connection between the wooden environment and structure regularly come up in my studio practice.  From a production standpoint he is interested in developing sustainable practice in traditional craft, which has led to residencies building and operating bio fuel powered foundries. Benefiel is currently interested in micro-processing and automation technology, specifically the idea of networking everyday objects and how that changes our relationship to them. This is largely inspired by the interactive nature of his work. Benefiel currently lives and works in Western Maryland, and is the BFA Sculpture coordinator for Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. www.christianbenefiel.com

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday & Thursday: 12 – 4pm
  • Friday: 12 – 8pm
  • Saturday & Sunday: 12 – 4pm

VisArts at Rockville is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station at 155 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. For information, please visit www.visartscenter.org or call 301-315-8200.

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