For Scott Andresen and Martin Benson, the process that guides the development of their work is created through repeating elements in methodical arrangements. The building of each fragment in order to create a unified piece is integral whether it is a swatch of color, a piece of sandpaper, or as a single journey toward wholeness. Andresen and Benson share deep similarities in approach and intention, yet their expression yields quite different appearances on the material level, exemplifying a fundamental component of the human condition.
Scott Andresen’s collage and mixed media works explore themes of repair. In the summer of 2010, a major life event occurred when he was bicycling and was struck by a car, suffering a catastrophic spinal injury and a host of other traumas. During rehabilitation, he began studying the history of repair, focusing on the various ways domestic objects have been mended over the years, and using it as a source of inspiration. After a two year healing process, Andresen started finding spent pieces of sandpaper which he began repairing by carefully mounting and patching the torn areas with gold or silver leaf. He realized the absurdity associated to repairing such an inconsequential material, yet the new aesthetic beauty of the repaired object excited him.
Martin Benson is a painter, sculptor, and installation artist. His work focuses on the Buddhist notion of becoming whole through the process of peeling back the layers of our identity until we reach a place of pure clarity and awareness. His paintings and light sculptures convey this message through the tiny individual color swatches or light that builds to create the work as a whole. He constructs his own shaped canvases comprised of meticulously painted color swatches in varying sequences. Benson ultimately intents to provide an art form that invites the viewer to look and experience without the need for immediate interpretation or intellectualization.
Scott Andresen received his MFA from Yale University and his BFA from Hunter College. He has exhibited in over 50 group and solo exhibitions including the Jack Tilton Gallery, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Exit Art, Naples Museum of Art and The Bronx Museum. He has attended residencies at Socrates Sculpture Park and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, while also receiving grants from New York Foundation for the Arts, the Pollock Krasner Foundation, and the Jacob Javits Fellowship. He has works in the permanent collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Museum of Arts and Design (NY). Andresen is an Assistant Professor at the LSU School of Art where he oversees the Foundations program.
Martin Benson received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his BA at the University of Southern California. He has exhibited at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Contemporary Arts Center (LA), the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Jazz and Heritage Foundation. He recently created a permanent light installation at the Aloft Hotel in downtown New Orleans, and was been commissioned by the New Orleans Arts Council to create a site-specific installation for the LUNA Fete Art festival in 2016. His work is in private and public collections, including the University Hospital (LA). Benson teaches at Isidore Newman School and instructs yoga and meditation classes at Wild Lotus Yoga, both in New Orleans.