BEN RINEHART: "CENSORSHIP: EXPLORING THE FRINGE; QUESTIONING THE SOURCE; THE END OF SUPPRESSION"

Pando was honored this week to collaborate with past professor (of Cori and Matt), respected mentor, inspiring artist, Ben Rinehart. Ben is an associate professor of Studio Art at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and a printmaker, bookmaker, and otherwise wonderfully inspiring artist and teacher. You can check out more of his work on his website.


FROM BEN:

My work has been censored, damaged, and ridiculed over the years for a variety of reasons, but mostly for being up front about being a gay artist. The attached images are of pieces that were not deemed acceptable in the public eye in some manner. In the past I typically shrug off this kind of discriminatory act, however age creates a more powerful voice. Labels limit and unfortunately dictate how a piece of art is often meant to be viewed. I prefer to make up my own mind and see this as a valuable opportunity for conversation.