The “Nocturns” exhibition focuses on Bendheim’s fascination with the night, the unconscious and the dark colors associated with it. According to the artist, the dark colors are expressive of his feeling of the current world in which he finds himself.
Bendheim does incorporate elements of bright color into his pieces as they create interesting contrasts in the work as well. His process includes extensive drawings and maquettes, which come together to explore the ideas of tension and unity. According to the gallery, the pieces themselves are finely-crafted objects formed from shaped and painted PVC board.
The gallery also noted that “Shapings,” the artist’s trademark work of paintings on wood and PVC board, painted relief sculptures and recent work from the past two years will be included in this exhibition.
“I like using the open-ended format of shaped, non-rectangular works,” Bendheim said. “The gallery wall becomes an integral element of the work and is part of the conversation in space with the shapes and colors I have chosen.”
“I am interested in the purposeful confusion of identity in the colors and shapes, as if notions of separate egos, races and religions are half-truths, similar to ideas supported by science and some religious traditions,” he added.
A native of Arizona, Bendheim has lived and worked in Brooklyn since 1984. He was also an apprentice for surrealist painter Philip Curtis. Currently, he teaches at the Arts Student League near Columbus Circle.
“Nocturns” is Bendheim’s first exhibition centered on the theme. In the past, he has done solo and group exhibition in places such as the The Mayo Center for Humanities in Medicine in Arizona, Robert Kidd Gallery in Michigan, Galeria Nacional in Costa Rica, Instituto Veneto di Scienze in Italy and the University of California.
His commissions include fountain/sculpture work for Frank Lloyd Wright’s San-Marcos-In-The-Desert and Pottery House, Neiman-Marcus, and pieces created for the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Ritz-Carlton Hotel and The Mandarin Hotel. While his work has come in various media and sizes, it is always thought-provoking and challenging.
“Nocturns” is one of three exhibitions of Bendheim’s work that is currently on display in New York City. His other exhibitions include a 45-foot long wall gallery space at Gotham West, a luxury residential building in Hell’s Kitchen.
The “Nocturns” exhibition will run from March 16 to April 16. The opening reception is set for Thursday, March 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. 440 Gallery is located at 440 Sixth Avenue between 9th and 10th streets in Park Slope.