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City of Little Rock Public Relations
Office (501) 371-4421
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Landscape Artist Ben Whitehouse Showcases "Observation" at the Arkansas Arts Center
(LITTLE ROCK, AR) – Chicago-based, British landscape artist Ben Whitehouse will showcase his exhibition Ben Whitehouse: Observation June 5 – August 2, 2009 at the Arkansas Arts Center in the Jeannette Edris Rockefeller Gallery.
Ben Whitehouse: Observation addresses the problem of dealing with a changing environment. “This exhibition is my effort to connect people through art to an evolving environment,” said Whitehouse.
The exhibition features six paintings from Whitehouse’s travels to the Highlands of Scotland, Lake Michigan and Central Park in New York. The exhibition also highlights three works from Whitehouse’s Revolution series — a series of 24 hour high definition digital videos shown in real time, equivalent to one revolution of the planet.
“Although I began my career as a landscape painter, I became troubled by painting's inability to account for constant change in landscape experience,” said Whitehouse. “When I began the Revolution series, I realized that making 24-hour digital videos was a way for me to move forward. Each video shows every moment that occurred in the landscape with not one second missing.”
Ben Whitehouse: Observation spans most of Whitehouse’s professional career and demonstrates how his work has evolved from one medium to another. He began his career in the ‘80s as a landscape painter. His work changed from large-scale paintings, to experimental-format paintings, to high definition, 24-hour digital video.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Whitehouse will discuss his work as a landscape artist in a fascinating lecture titled Ben Whitehouse’s Observations. The lecture will be held in the Arkansas Arts Center Lecture Hall on Thursday, June 4, at 6 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information, call 501-372-4000 or visit www.arkarts.com.
Location: Arkansas Arts Center – 9th and Commerce, Little Rock, AR 72202
Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
Closed Monday & Major Holidays
All plasma screens, cameras and speakers used to create The Revolution Series generously provided by Panasonic.
Arkansas Arts Center programs are supported in part by: the City of Little Rock; Arkansas Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage and the National Endowment for the Arts.