The Machinery of Nature
Ben Carpenter, Carlos Huante and Rey Hernandez
February 6 - March 17, 2007
Opening Reception: Thursday February 8, 7-10pm
Sculptors Ben Carpenter and Rey Hernandez with painter Carlos Huante bring their unique visual interpretations of symbiosis and conflict of nature in the technological world in this 3-artist show.
Carlos Huante has made a successful living in character design and modeling for the film industry, both in animation and live action, working on projects for such luminaries as Rick Baker, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Guillermo del Torro. Huante's works on display will include limited edition prints as well as original sketches that served as studies for his paintings.
Born in Athens, Greece, Rey Hernandez lives and works in the Bay Area. "Living in a digital age of fast-paced techmological progress has been a major influence on my art," says Hernandez. The resulting bronze sculptures are natural-looking objects that seem slightly familiar but defy taxonomy. What looks to be an artfully sculpted organic shape at first--perhaps an animal horn or sea shell--appears next as something artificial, the dislodged piece of an alien machine.
Ben Carpenter's sculpting techniques include die-forming, forging, and lost-wax casting. For this exhibit, Carpenter shows his recent forged and die-formed wall-mounted sculpture. These works are part of an on-going series that "address the biological functions of the body's organs in contrast to the emotional functions we assign them--such as love," says Carpenter.