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Artist Benjamin Gardner

Benjamin Gardner

Des Moines


American b. 1979   —   Benjamin Gardner is a multimedia artist engaged with human consciousness and how we place ourselves in the environment. In the Age of the Anthropocene, his paintings focus on landscapes built through memory, history, reality, and imagination. While maintaining some aspects of conventional landscapes, these paintings often include disruptions, invasive species, and spatial abnormalities that reference unseen and complex ecologies. His paintings, drawings, films, and books function together to tell stories of impending changes on personal, global, and universal levels. Gardner has exhibited his artwork and films throughout the United States and abroad, including Gallery Molly Krom, the Spartanburg Museum of Art, Transmitter, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Sioux City Art Center. His film 'hallucination dream sequence' (2017) was an official selection for the Cosmocinema Film Festival in London, Shared Site Film Festival in Romania, and Iowa PBS's Film Lounge Season 2. Gardner also recently published a read-along book titled 'the cabin' with a record produced by Haunted Birthday Records in Atlanta, Georgia. He is represented by Moberg Gallery in Des Moines, Iowa, where e currently lives, and is a Professor of Art and Design at Drake University.

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moberg gallery
2921 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

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