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Benjamin Charles

With the consistent incline of change persistent in our world, perception is key to adaptability and adaptability is key to survival within the prism of current environmental, ecological and economical issues faced today.

It is commonly said that life is all about the ability to see the bigger picture. The ability to combine multiple perspectives that encompass and introduce elements you would usually never expose without the proper creative stimuli pushing your mind into new dimensions of understanding. Not only understanding, but also the utilization of experiences in your past in otherwise unrelated present day choices all while keeping an open mind for the future. At variable points along this discovery most of us will need guidance at least once. It has been my personal experience that the best teachers are those who teach you to dissolve and absorb information on your own, eventually giving you the required facilities to pursue a progressive path that no longer requires a teacher at all. The teacher becomes a self maintained tool within the first lesson as an adaptable guidance applied when opening new avenues of exploration and creative cyclic thought processes. Art can be this kind of teacher.

It is my goal as an artist of several mediums to combine and incorporate elements into my work that represent not only the direct visual aesthetic and facade, but also to create works that hold an underlying and secondary visual concept that once initially perceived becomes nearly impossible to ignore. This could be represented as a bar of sheet music that resembles the geometric shape of human dna or a landscape photograph that resembles the geometry of a sound wave. Ideally, the end result would be the viewer gaining a new understanding of perspective that incorporates elements of science, nature, geometry, visual aesthetic or any of the other stimuli that appeal to the physical senses and beyond.

I think it is of pivotal importance to provide creative minds with the outlets they need to continually progress and excel at their work through public interaction and critique sessions. Important not only to the artist's personal growth, but also to their community and society as a whole. To give such an opportunity would be priceless for both parties involved by exposing society to concepts within all areas of study and even life in general. Showing the viewers how they can be connected through cycles, patterns and great mystic synchronicities saturating all elements of existence. It would only be positive to provide people with a perspective on life that gives them a sense of belonging and personal responsibility for the world in which they live, the behaviors they manifest and a true sense of value in what makes human beings unique. All of this facilitated by the opportunities of creative expression.

If life imitates art and art imitates life, the members of a society are only as good as the art that society produces and the art only as good as the society from which it became manifest.

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