Materials for the Arts welcomes Artist-in-Residence Ben Pederson!

Ben Pederson is the new MFTA Artist in Residence for Spring 2013. Pederson is a New York City artist who creates unique assemblages out of a diversity of repurposed materials which are given a delicate and deliberate treatment of bright day-glow colors and surface textures. Pederson’s work has been shown in group and solo shows throughout the United States and he has an MFA in Sculpture from University of Massachusetts. Since partnering with MFTA, Ben has been accepted as a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Opening Reception: May 16th from 6 – 9 pm
Long Forgotten Song, an exhibition of Pederson’s MFTA artwork, will be on view Mon-Fri from 10:00 am-4:00 pm until the end of August. Visitors are welcome to come and see how our artist-in-residence repurposes materials from the MFTA warehouse.
Artist’s Workshop: June 20th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm
You are also invited to join us for our June Third Thursday workshop taught by Ben Pederson. He will lead participants in creating an art project at the MFTA Education Center. All Third Thursday workshops are open to the public and encourage creative development through arts reuse.

“My work is mostly made from the detritus of the gallery world. I see the smashed crate fragments, cardboard, canvas, paint, and foam that’s thrown away daily as usable building blocks for my dreams and ideas. I find it interesting that these materials areinitially repurposed by me out of financial necessity, but end up playing a defining roll of the over-all spirit of a piece due to both their physical attributes and limitations. The resulting works are not only markers of this building process, but I hope are culturally relevant objects, telling stories about our collective fears, joys, desires and sorrows. I’m in love with, and weirded-out by, life. I thank MFTA for this wonderful residency opportunity and look forward to seeing what new avenues I’m taken down through their treasure-trove of materials.”
– Ben Pederson 2013
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