Scott D. Bentley

All Around Noise

Current exhibition

WHERE:
Redwood Art Association
603 F Street
Eureka, CA  95501

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In these quotidian images—the fascination with elements of everyday wear and tear—new points of view emerge. Given that I get around in a wheelchair, my lens uniquely angles across the topography of movement. Many of these photos—all shot with an iPhone—focus on the ground, on the inner-mechanisms of objects found, framing the figures low down that with the rush of time may without notice disappear.

With the close-up the abstract made concrete. Via juxtaposition, the little things set side-by-side, and synecdoche, the separate parts that make up the planet, these photos bring to mind the Japanese concept of “wabi-sabi,” the idea of discovering the beautiful in the ugly: patterns in the dirt, the decay that surrounds.

 

          The way

          the things

 

          Upon one

          another bear.

 

These images fling us into the mix of intention and happenstance, the transient beauty in the shapes we adore and the stuff we toss away. If an iota of rust can draw us to attention, then mathematically this means our world is 10,000 times more a wilderness than we ever imagined. These textured images ask the viewer for a moment to hear a note of silence in the traffic…

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Email Scott Bentley at bentleysd@comcast.net for pricing and to order specific prints. 

To peruse and purchase Bentley’s textiles, glass and wood, visit:

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To purchase Bentley’s book of photographs,  All Around Noise: Studies in Framing, Synecdoche and Juxtaposition, visit:

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About Scott Bentley

Scott Bentley received an MA from UC San Diego and an MFA from Mills College. He lives in the Bay Area, where he teaches writing at CSU East Bay. All Around Noise: Studies in Framing, Synecdoche and Juxtaposition is his first book of photographs. Bentley is also the author of four poetry collections: The Occasional Tables, Ground Air, Out of Hand and EDGE; and the e-book for children, Our Imaginary Friends. Bentley’s photographs have been exhibited in San Francisco (Accident & Artifact), Hayward (CSU East Bay), Paso Robles (Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden), San Diego (Mystic Mocha) and Arcata (Humboldt State University)

Contact:
Scott Bentley
bentleysd@comcast.net

 

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