Paintings by Pat Benincasa Explore Complex Geometry at Sedona Art Prize
Photo: Ore Yard Pennsylvania, mixed media, 36"w x 30"h, by Pat Benincasa.
Sedona, AZ: Sedona Art Prize painting competition currently spotlights paintings by award winning artist Pat Benincasa whose passion for geometry is expressed in multi-faceted ways through her dimensional glass sculptures, paintings and drawings. She currently teaches at the Perpich Center For Arts Education in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
Pat’s accomplishments are impressive, not only as an outstanding artist, but also as an educator. Pat has won numerous awards, including:
- 2014 Award of Excellence, 2014 Four Points Contemporary 3rd Biannual Competition. Online Gallery.
- Special Merit Award, "CitiScapes Exhibition," Light, Space & Time Online Gallery.
- Scholastic Art & Writing Award As An Outstanding Educator, given for being an "outstanding educator whose dedication, commitment and guidance are represented by student works selected for national honors."
- 2012 Award of Excellence, 2012 Spring/Summer, American Juried Art Salon. The twice-a-year art exhibition attracts artists from throughout the world.
Artist Pat Benincasa's series of sheet metal and wood paintings explore iconic, 20th century industrial sites built by people who shaped their locale through sweat and labor. Cities built around these mammoth blast furnaces, steel yards and auto factories appeared indestructible with their perpetual buzz of continuous production! The decline of manufacturing swept though these cities like a catastrophic disease, leaving deserted city blocks, empty storefronts and hulking ruins.
“Whether the land itself holds memory or there is residual energy from those who were here before us – my creative expression resides in a collective memory that once shaped our national life. If memories reconstruct our past, then examining these demolished work sites offers a rich, reflective frame of reference of what ‘made here’ once meant-- and could mean now.”
According to Pat, the “Rust Belt Cities” are repurposing themselves with an urban authenticity based on their historic manufacturing roots and regional identities. Art is a timeless lens with which to see where future meets the past in the form of these magnificent worksites. What is absent is not forgotten.
Pat’s artwork has given us a lasting impression of the urban landscape, exemplifying how representations of its decaying infrastructure and buildings can be transformed into masterful works of art that help preserve the past. See additional works by Pat Benincasa at www.patbenincasa-art.com and SedonaArtPrize.com.