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Benjie Heu: Transition Spaces Series 09.1

Benjie Heu: Transition Spaces Series 09.1

September 4-October 25, 2009

“Benjie Heu: Transition Spaces 09.1,” an installation featuring ceramic works opens September 4, in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at the Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception, September 4, from 5-8 p.m. with a gallery talk by the artist at 6 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through October 25.

The ceramics of Benjie Heu expresses a personal narrative with the most outlandish adventures accounted with an eye fixed on the bare essentials. Battles against time, against the obstacles that prevent the fulfillment of desire or the repossession of something cherished but lost are themes that inspire him. Revealing truth and humor in the face of horror and the seemingly absurd is his answer.

Benjie Heu’s installation for the Transition Spaces Series consists of roughly 200 small to medium sized ceramic works ranging from playful cartoon like figures, body parts, inanimate objects, toys, and abstract pieces.  The installation continues his exploration with the idea of personal narrative represented in an evolving hero’s journey into self-discovery.  His hero’s journey takes him from ignorance and innocence to experience and enlightenment.   The journey is reminiscent of the kind of story telling seen on the pages of a comic book or a cartoon TV show.  This story telling aspect is made more visible with his incorporation of the many small creamy light blue ceramic pieces he calls “stars”.

Benjie maintains an active exhibition record of solo, group, juried and invitational exhibitions. Recent solo exhibitions include Face Value at the College of Southern Nevada; Benjie Heu at Three Rivers Community College; and Characters at Central College in Iowa. Selected exhibitions include I Don't Want to Grow Old and Bitter Alone, I want to Grow Old and Bitter with You at the LUX Center for the Arts; Diverse Domain: Contemporary North American Ceramics at the Taipei County Yingge Ceramics Museum in Taiwan; the NCECA Clay National in San Diego and Baltimore; the National Clay Symposium Exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center; the Ceramic Sculpture National Juried Exhibition at Nicholls State University; Plan B at the Mellwood Arts Center for NCECA Louisville; Ohio University Ceramics: 1990 Until Now at NCECA Louisville; Ink and Clay National at California State Polytechnic University; Visions in Clay at the University of the Pacific; Supernatural Soire'e at the Di Rosa Preserve in Napa; Ceramics Invitational at the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach; Gut Feeling at Exploding Head Gallery in Sacramento; California Dreamin' at the ASU Art Museum Ceramic Research Center; Visions Within at Beth Allison Gallery in Kansas City; and Character Development at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary in St. Louis.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Museum hours: Tues.-Fri.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekends: 1-4 p.m. For additional information email or call (573) 651-2260.

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River Campus, 175 Cultural Arts Center
Crisp Museum
One University Plaza, MS 7875
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701