Benjamin Peters, 120 The Commons
I am a designer, synthesizer and collector. I have looked at a lot of art and antiques in my life. I have a background in studio art, art history and “green retail.” The pieces begin with finding images that speak to me, frames that inspire me or a background that’s enticing. I then manipulate and assemble the components as “artworks” so that the images can be admired outside their “historical” or original context. My purpose is to honor the objects; to get you to look and see them in a new way. I am drawn to objects that are not well known and that one would not come across in a casual way. I see my art as falling within a “garage sale ethic” of creative reuse. All of my work is unique and cannot be duplicated because of the one-of-a-kind “upcycled” frames. Reusing frames is giving them new life and keeping them out of the waste stream. Finding the correct frame is central to how I present my art works. I pay myself $15/hour for the inspiration/research and assembly of these pieces, $6 for the purchase of the frames, $4 for the photocopying of the images/backgrounds which totals $25 for each piece. I want my art to be affordable and educational and appealing.