Fletcher Benton: The Artist's Studio examines the artistic process of sculptor Fletcher Benton, known for his large-scale, geometric steel sculptures. The exhibition will reveal how Benton's practice relies on intuition to create grand, abstract gestures from modest, industrial materials. Works included in the exhibition are drawn directly from the artist's studio and demonstrate how he moves from initial conception and lively experimentation to finished form. This installation celebrates the recent donation to the Museum of Folded Circle and Arc, 2012, a monumental outdoor sculpture by the artist, Gift of Dr. Yoel Haller and Eva Haller.
Organized by the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, curated by E.B. Robertson, Acting Director and Rebecca Harlow, Curatorial Assistant, Art, Design & Architecture Museum, UC Santa Barbara in conjunction with Kate Eilertsen, Executive Director, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, and the artist.
This exhibition has been supported by Dr. Yoel Haller and Eva Haller.
In a recent interview by the UCSB Current, Eva Haller discusses her passion for and philanthropy of the arts. Her donation of the Fletcher Benton sculpture, Folded Circle and Arc, 2012, to UCSB's Art, Design, & Architecture Museum is one example of her generous support of the arts and the AD&A Museum. Find the video and interview article here: http://www.news.ucsb.edu/2015/014999/life-evolves
Image: Fletcher Benton in his studio, 2009. Photo courtesty of Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and the artist.