Benjamin Gardner

Region: Midwest


City / State: Des Moines, IA

Place and space, as amorphous terms, are my primary interest in visual exploration. The mental presence of images printed or words read inside a book hold similar power to an empty room in an old house; a two-dimensional piece of paper or wood can be either a window unto a world or an object itself. As poets put together words that form new and unexpected meanings, I place together different forms of place and space in hopes of a similar outcome–to use a hermetic mixture of text, image, and composition that is rooted in geographical and psychological space.