Benjamin Heller is a cross disciplinary artist, blurring the traditional boundaries of media to uncover newfound vitality in their intersections. Drawing from a diverse background and training in visual arts, photography, dance, and physical improvisation, his works are rooted in the movement of the body and the creation of intimate environments that can be entered, opening a space for discovery via the body, senses, and the imagination.
Benjamin’s projects focus on the conflict and unity that can be found in the space between the hold of opposing forces, such as inside and outside, emergence and disappearance, rest and awakening. By engaging his body directly with materials that are often organic, such as wood, stone, reed or found within his local environment. He creates sensitizing structures that afford physical conversations between the natural dynamics of the material and a new experience for the body. These sculptures and environments can then be expanded by performance or met by others.
He has created immersive site-specific public sculpture installations “Terrapin Basin” at the Pleasure House Point Natural Area and “Spines Alluvial” carved into quarry blocks at the Marble House Project in Dorset VT, “The Vital Contour of U+US” an interactive installation in New Orleans, and the “Inverted Constellation” as a visiting artist at the Museum of Old and New Art in Tasmania, Australia.
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