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The Art of Assemblage

Joseph Bennett Art Image

By Eli Hans

Have you ever strolled through an art exhibition and wondered how a particular work might have been created? What special process did the artist use, or how did he conceive of a particular piece? What challenges might he have encountered? How did he choose that unique combination of media? Or have you perhaps wished to watch the artist in action, passionately creating his or her work of art?

It’s fairly common for artists to open their studios and invite visitors to see works in progress, as well as finished works awaiting exhibition. Historically, artists have been opening their doors for centuries, a practice that began in the seventeeth century salons of Paris. In fact, many gallery owners and art curators typically visit studios to give feedback, see artworks firsthand, discuss materials and artistic practices, and become familiar with the artist’s creative surroundings.

For the first time in his artistic career, spanning almost twenty years, assemblage artist Joseph Bennett is opening his studio for you this Sunday.

“I’ve been very fortunate to have my work exhibited for the past twenty years. Yet, until now, I’ve subscribed to the practice of showing the work in pristine settings, where all of the materials are safely tucked away and all ‘evidence’ of the artistic process hidden from view,” explains Bennett. “I’ve noticed, however, that when friends and collectors come for a studio visit, there’s a lot of interest in the found objects that I have lying around waiting for inspiration and in the pieces in process that are on my workbench. There has always been a part of me that has dearly loved the artist’s studio.”

He believes that’s part of the appeal of the annual open studio event El Estudio that recently took place in colonia San Antonio. “People love to see what’s behind the scenes, meet the artist in person, and discover what his or her creative process is like. I’m excited to finally share that aspect of the work.”

What will visitors be able to explore at Bennett’s studio? In addition to more than 35 completed assemblages from found objects Bennett discovers on the streets of San Miguel at the tianguis market, la pulga, and in enormous flea markets in Mexico City, there will be tables overflowing with objects Bennett collects, and tools that he works with as well as a glimpse of pieces currently in process. You will also have an opportunity to meet Joseph and learn about what motivates him to work so passionately in this particular medium.

The Art of Assemblage: Open Studio happens on Sunday, March 25, 12–4pm. Those wishing to preview the works ahead of time or who can’t make the open studio date can contact Joseph directly at 415 103 8027 for a private showing.

You’ll find The Studio Space at Subida al Caracol 11, near El Caracol condos, just above the intersection of Cinco de Mayo and Prolongación Aldama. Hope to see you there!


Open Art Studio

“The Art of Assemblage”

Sun, Mar 25, 12–4pm

The Studio Space

Subida al Caracol 11


185 8093


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