Ghosts in the Light
Benjamin Stanford and Bruce Tetsuya
November 17th – December 30th, 2023
November 17th, 2023 from 5:00 - 8:00pm
Something shifts when you lean into the middle spaces; an internal landscape opens up in that liminal boundary that exists between reality and the edge of perception when you seek to find it. The ethereal dwelling of spirit and energy, rarely seen but felt deeply by many, is often revealed to us in certain moments and in flashes of recognition. Light, smoke, atmosphere, and phenomenon become our guide to navigation, gripping onto the ineffable in order to make sense of something impossible to fully understand.
This is the space that the work of Benjamin Stanford and Bruce Tetsuya occupy. Grounded within both bodies of work are the human presence: the passenger who moves the vessel forward and is open to accepting and translating ephemeral information. Hands act as a conduit of transportation and translation, disembodied and yet connecting back to the whole human body, something that then has the potential to dissipate in the end. The ghostly nature of the works on view are easy to see and to feel and yet so very hard to place in a space of known reality.
A balance of brilliant light and rich darkness haunt these works, showcasing fleeting moments of beauty and intangibility, while creating a home for rest, deep thought, and sustained action. A sense of intentional building and hiding something away for a future use.
Tetsuya and Stanford have a keen understanding of what lies beyond the world of the apparent. A sort of absorption and negotiation happens within their practice, a skill that allows the collective unconscious to be translated through their eyes and presented back to the viewer to reinterpret in tandem with felt experiences.
Meet the Artists:
Benjamin Stanford is a figurative painter currently living in Denver, Colorado. Working primarily with oil, Ben makes tightly rendered, multi-figure paintings, placing figures in surrealist dreamscapes. By drawing inspiration from classical painting and religious iconography, he uses painting as a process where tradition and craftsmanship serve as a touchstone for the creative process; allowing for self-imposed constraints to act as a catalyst for exploration. While capturing the likeness of his subjects is of high priority, Benjamin’s work strikes a balance between the deliberate rendering of form and intuitive response. This open-ended process of translation creates a unique vantage point to engage with the strategic ambiguity of his imagery.
Bruce Tetsuya is a Japanese director, photographer, and father. His work focuses on memory, nature, and the narrative beauty of movement. If he’s not on set, you can find Bruce on the tennis court, grabbing an espresso, or exploring new lands with his wife, son, and daughter. Bruce is currently in early pre-production stages for his first feature film.