Brian Benfer and John Grade in the Gallery

John Grade and Brian Benfer, (Residing)(Displaced)(Movement) © 2012
John Grade and Brian Benfer, (Residing)(Displaced)(Movement) © 2012
John Grade and Brian Benfer, (Residing)(Displaced)(Movement) © 2012
John Grade and Brian Benfer, (Residing)(Displaced)(Movement) © 2012

John Grade & Brian Benfer

March 1 – 30, 2012
Opening: First Thursday, March 1, 6-8pm
Special NCECA Hours: Tuesday, March 27 6-9pm


During the month of March, Gallery4Culture presents sculptor John Grade and ceramist Brian Benfer in (Residing)(Displaced)(Movement), a two-person exhibition curated by Ben Waterman. The exhibit coincides with the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference, taking place in Seattle at the end of the month.

Benfer creates a minimalist mural-scale chalk rubbing directly on Gallery4Culture’s 36-foot-long gallery wall. The rubbing highlights the space’s history, exposing the remnants/marks/scars of the exhibitions and installations that preceded it. The artist fabricates his own chalk with materials (kaolin/calcium carbonate/bone-ash) that are specific to ceramics.

John Grade presents Fold, the second in a triptych of wood and resin termite sculptures, which have been buried to weather in the landscape before final installation. This large-scale artwork, recently on display at the Portland Art Museum, will make its permanent home at the King County Library System’s new Duvall library. Clay was used in the creation of the mold from which Fold was cast.

There will be a special Open House reception on March 27th to welcome NCECA members to Seattle. Gallery4Culture will be open from 6:00-9:00 pm that evening.

Learn more about the artists and our Gallery program on our website.