Keith W. Bentley
Keith W. Bentley’s latest series subverts the classical sculptural form: the nude, the god and the icon. Bentley literally dissects these forms, putting them on display splayed and vulnerable. These once iconographic, untouchable figures from religion and mythology are made fragile. Bold chiaroscuros are made strange, held together by new joints and hinges. The once pristine surfaces are given new life through hyper-saturated colour and obfuscation. By altering their form, Bentley also questions the messages behind these figures. The artist’s personal dialogue with religion, sexuality and the canon of art, find confluence through this exposition. Icons, which have stood for the ideals of masculinity, femininity and morality, are put into question, making new space for new identities.
Bentley currently resides in Baltimore, Maryland. His works have been exhibited throughout North America and are currently making their way into public and private collections worldwide.