This website currently contains the work of five different Artists (more may be added in the future – either of my own creation or others). Each Artist’s page contains biographical information, examples of their work, and their underlying philosophies. Although the styles, emphasis, passions and motivations are different for each Artist – they share a number of important elements that will be outlined in a Manifesto.
Each month (starting in January, 2018) will feature an in-depth look at one of these Artists with a closer look at their life, their work, and what motivates them to create. We will also look at their techniques, training, and reasons behind their chosen forms of expression.
The current Roster of Artists are:
- Robert Bentley (Founder): Primarily a visual Artist but with a wide range of interests that extends beyond the visual Arts. Besides being a Chess expert and a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, his reading takes him through the winding paths of theoretical physics, psychology, human behavior, math, and philosophy. All of these passions and subjects provide inspiration for his work. Two most common themes at the moment are exploring the human figure through Non-Euclidean Geometry, and psychological breakdowns resulting in the “Mindscape” series.
- John William Peel: Master of line and in love with the human form, John is more traditional in his figurative depictions. Some of his work is classical renderings, but currently a lot are a result of what he can accomplish with a single line.
- David Cuchulainn: Fascinated with the human instinct to see faces in things (and how that informs much of our creative pattern recognition), his process is to work with a material until something emerges. Sometimes nothing does, but nonetheless there’s a chance the result is interesting.
- Artemis Andromaxis: Her work explores the elements of language itself and the “stuff of thought”. Her investigations could be imagining new languages and how they would facilitate communication, or they could be manipulations of languages we are familiar with to create the unfamiliar. The fascination with language isn’t just in the visual realm, she taught herself how to speak Greek fluently and is currently working through other languages as well.
- Joseph Lee: Is an author and graphic novelist who is currently working on three major projects. He will begin to release (in serial form) a crime novel in the second half of October 2017.
The Reasons for This Collective:
We are not the same person we were 5 minutes ago, let alone 5 years ago. Change is the only constant. Cell replacement and lessons learned (or not) each press their fingers into our clay.
This isn’t to suggest that we are blank-slates or grains of pollen subservient to some sort of cosmic Brownian motion; only that even the most solid definition of ourselves would have to include growth and decay to be accurate. Regardless of where you stand on the subject of free-will, it is this central figure inside our minds, this ghost in the machine labelled ‘I’, that is more a conduit for these experiences. Through our ideas and passions we direct the flow of these experiences, playing both a part in – and being a result of these waves. But our ever-changing nature doesn’t end there.
The face we present to a lover will be different than the one we present to our friends, family, colleagues, or strangers. The face isn’t just a mask – it is the actor beneath as well. Our roles can influence our thoughts and actions, and by extension the lessons we learn. Excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters dampened, emphasized or silenced in relation to everything from the place we are in a hierarchy to the connection we feel with those specifically around us…nailing down what makes us ‘US’ as a single entity becomes impossible the longer you think about it.
I’ve always been very conscious of the many different parts of my own personality. Sometimes I’m supremely confident, and other moments I’m riddled with doubt. There are periods where I feel bold action is absolutely necessary and other opportunities which are better explored in a circumspect fashion. These are more than just context dependent occurrences. It is not just that I’m coldly looking at a situation and analyzing for the most optimal response, it is that I’m a different chess player looking at the board – and while I try to do the best with the situation I’ve been given, the direction of this decision making process can change depending on which version of me is present.
There are common threads woven throughout these other instantiations of myself. There is the philosophy regarding the underlying unity of knowledge, a passion for a variety of subjects “outside” of Art, and the idea that because of this unity, the act of spending less time on one single thing won’t detract from it. The lessons I learn competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu will carry over into Art, Chess, Philosophy, etc. and so on.
So to this end I’ve split myself into five different Artists. All of the work on this website is “mine” at the moment (until other interested Artists with a similar philosophy wish to join!), and I’ve kept all of the details of these other Creators to be as close to who I am as possible. If one of them is expressing a deep interest in languages it’s because that’s a part of me. This also extends to most (but not all) biographical and personal details. The last part being possible because the emphasis and drive from each individual will be different.
If you are interested in working together on a future project or would like to purchase one of the original works of Art found on this site, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
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