John Benigno, Tea Pot, 2020. Photograph: Archival Pigment Print, Print: 7.25 x 9 inches, Paper: 12.25 x 10.25 inches. Price is for print only and does not include matting or framing.
Benigno says about his work, "Our present state brings to mind the Spanish Flu of the early 1900s. We never studied it in school, but it was very real. My parents were 4 and 5 when it struck, but they never spoke of it. Even my mother never mentioned it, and she lost a brother to it. But here we are – living the horror of it all over again. Perhaps, I’m too cautious, but I’ve stopped most of my “normal” activities – both social and artistic. So, I began my quest for new ways of expression. I found inspiration from Paul Strand who spent a secluded summer at his family’s Connecticut farm in the early 1920s. Alone, he began to “look” more deeply at his surroundings, especial common everyday objects. He started with familiar kitchen utensils and grew to explore the tactile nature of the Natural World."
Among other venues, John’s work has been exhibited at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Sales and Rental Gallery, the Magidson Gallery in New York City, the Washington County Arts Council Gallery, and the Print Center in Philadelphia.
It has been collected by the Berman Museum, the Woodmere Museum, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Lancaster Museum, The Noyes Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, and the State Museum of Pennsylvania. And, it has been published in "Camera Arts" and the "Antietam Review." Recently, his “Adobe Church” project was awarded a grant from the Luminous Endowment for Photographers.
John’s photographs have been accepted into juried exhibits at the Berman and Woodmere Museums, the University of Delaware, the Chatauqua Art Association, Villanova University, the Art Association of Harrisburg, and the Center for the Arts in Southern New Jersey, to name a few. The work in the CFEVA Online Members Show is from his “Artist-in-Residence” project.