“Standard Deviation” Opens April 20th with Artists Reception 5-8 PM

River Edge Gallery will feature new works by Madison artist Ben Grant. The exhibition, entitled Standard Deviation will begin on Friday, April 20 and run through Saturday, June 2.

The opening for this show of Op Art-inspired abstract paintings is slated for Friday, April 20 at the gallery from 5:00 – 8:00pm. River Edge Gallery is located at 184 S. Main St. in the historic district of Thiensville on the banks of the Milwaukee River. Visitors will enjoy a reception and discussion with the artist.

The works in Standard Deviation are abstract, yet his abstractions are rooted in photographs or other art historical source materials. “By using images of such an iconic nature,” Grant explains, “I hope to put forth images…that become painting elements that resonate as slightly ominous backdrops for the interplay of formal expressions.”

He adds that he does not use sketches to compose his work. “Instead I envision the procedural steps I must follow to come up with an outcome, which is in no way preordained.” His influences include painters like Bridget Riley, Barnett Newman, Jonathan Lasker and others.

Born in Canton, NY, Grant earned his BFA at Cooper Union College in New York City in 2002. He is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. His optically charged, abstract work has shown in New York, Chicago and Wisconsin.

“We are excited to present Ben’s work to our community,” remarks Kathy Tatterson, Gallery Director. “This is a great opportunity to offer such dazzling Wisconsin art to the Ozaukee County region.”

Ben Grant shares his vision with an opening night guest

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