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Benjamin D. Rinehart
Appleton, WI
Louisiana State University

I invoke physical & mental images of the figure to explore life inside and outside of a queer community compared to a more rural community. My work directly relates to relationships, attempting to raise questions about love, insecurities, social injustices and values in contemporary society. I attempt to direct the viewer's experience with tactile, visual, emotional, and psychological responses. Bitter and sweet colors bring the viewer into playful surroundings while dense layers emulate a thick skin suggesting strength and resilience. Growing up in the Midwest, family and society never encouraged "gay behavior." I knew that my secret would never be fully accepted into mainstream society and seen as "normal." Throughout the years I have realized that being "normal" would make me anonymous. My own personal determination to be an individual has driven me to seek within myself and others the unique qualities that we all possess.

Benjamin D. Rinehart's work appeared in the following exhibition(s) organized by The Center for Book Arts
I will cut thrU: Pochoirs, Carvings, and Other Cuttings
 Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director and Amber McMillan, Artist and Instructor
3 Little Pests
(2008) Movable reductive woodcut
Red Herring
 Featured Artist Project organized by Sandra Murchison, Associate Professor of Art, Millsaps College, and Artist
Thanks Again Big J
(2006) Woodcut
Celebrating Artist Members: 30th Anniversary Members Exhibition
 Organized by Roni Gross, Artist.
Still Bent
(2005) Polymer plate and woodcut on stonehenge beige
2003 Instructors' Exhibition
One Nighter, Two Nighter, Three Nighter, Four Nighter
(2003) Color laser prints with hard covers; 4 book set; working proofs
(2003) Digital prints based off of watercolors; Photo Matte paper; perfect bound with hard cover; working proof
 an exhibition of work by the 1999 featured artist Benjamin D. Rinehart
3 Some
Painted lowfire white with silkscreen
A Dab Will Do Ya
Painted lowfire white with silkscreen
Monotypes & woodcuts on binders board
Woodcuts & silkscreen on binders board with shark's teeth
Woodcuts & intaglio
Dorothy's Closet -- Buzzy
Key chain-painting, monoprint, and keys
Dorothy's Closet -- Irene
Key chain-painting, monoprint, and keys
Dorothy's Closet -- Pear
Key chain-painting, monoprint, and keys
Fart Fucker
Painted lowfire white with silkscreen
Goodbye Little Faggot
Painted lowfire white with linocut
Gross Separations
Woodcuts with hand stamping
Idiosyncratic Compulsions
Woodcuts with hand stamping
Just Spit On It
Painted lowfire white with silkscreen
Light in the Loafers -- Don
Magnet-monotype & lithograph
Light in the Loafers -- George
Magnet-monotype & lithograph
Light in the Loafers -- Rene
Magnet-monotype & lithograph
Lil Joe
Painted lowfire white
Lost Love
Lithographs with hand-stamping (8 in set)
Potty Mouth -- Huh?
Mirror-woodcut, lithograph & marker
Potty Mouth -- Smell this!
Mirror-monotype, lithograph & marker
Monotypes, silkscreen, & metal brackets/screws
Letter-woodcuts, lithographs, chin colle, beeswax, and cologne
Tricks Are For Trolls
Cards & case-lithographs (10 in set)

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