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SE exhibit shows disconnection in intimacy

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Untitled (Stack 1), Benjamin Terry. Photo by Jayci Gillie/The Collegian

By Kirsten Mahon/tr news editor

Benjamin Terry, University of North Texas fine arts student, is now showing his work on SE Campus.

Until May 4, students can view his latest show Surfaces and Narratives, where Terry has put his expressions from current and past relationships into his art.

“The goal of this exhibit is to show what painting can be, how an artist can really play at the boundaries of subject,” said Christopher Blay, exhibit curator and SE art instructor.

Untitled (Stack 1), Benjamin Terry. Photo by Jayci Gillie/The Collegian
Untitled (Stack 1), Benjamin Terry. Photo by Jayci Gillie/The Collegian

Woodwork, sculptures, paintings and drawings went into creating the show. Terry said he used the media to portray miscommunications with loved ones, using voids or empty spaces to tell the untold. 

“I See You When You Roll Your Eyes” is Terry’s favorite piece in the show. In the work, he and his girlfriend are hovering over an empty space in the painting. A sculpture is used to bring depth to the portrait of the relationship, and it too is missing a chunk. Terry said he liked creating the dialogue between the flat painting and the sculpture.

In his artist statement, Terry explains his interests as well as his mission to provoke thoughts among the viewers in an exhibit that can be complicated and intriguing on different levels.

“On a more intimate level, I seek to invoke empathy and evoke intangible sensations, such as fleeting happiness or sadness in my art,” he wrote. “I’m interested in narrative. I’m interested in things that seem slightly off, whether that is a shape, a line, a gaze, an interaction, a surface material, a gesture or a color. I’m interested in little lies, big lies, specificity and vagueness.

Students can join in the vagueness and reality 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursdays and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays in Art Corridor II on SE Campus. The exhibit is closed on Sundays. Students can contact Blay for more information at 817-515-3406 or email christopher.blay@tccd.edu.

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