Winter senior show: Benjamin-Dieter Koch

IMG_3553.JPG

In winter 2016, the Department of Fine Arts graduates two senior photography majors: Trevette Brown and Benjamin-Dieter Koch. Both students installed their senior shows in Goodwyn Gallery between November-December. Benjamin-Dieter Koch’s senior show, Almost Human, is up through next week. His photographs highlight the seemingly mundane subject of food. Further examination, however, reveals that not all is what it seems, as the subjects of his images attempt to reconstruct familiar foods that have been cut, peeled, or used. His images leave the viewer with a lingering sense of unease and regret. Please stop by the gallery and visit the exhibition!

IMG_3548.JPG

Benjamin-Dieter Koch: Artist Statement

On the surface, the images reveal everyday foods ordinarily found in home pantries and cupboards. Through deconstruction and the attempted repair of these items the focus is then shifted to the futility of piecing back together these familiar household ingredients. One cannot help but be overcome by a sense of regret. This feeling is trivial and counter-productive to everyday life.

Humans are the sum of experiences. To regret a moment of one’s past is to reject a part of what constitutes identity. When a person feels remorse, such negative emotions create a sense of detachment from an individual’s essence and, as a result, one is left empty, feeling less-than-human and disconnected from reality.

Almost Human examines the concept of regret.

IMG_3551.JPG

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s