Salvaging Dreams and Channeling Motion into Art – New Exhibit up Dec 5

Mark Benglian Exhibit at Ferndale Library, Dec 5 – Jan 14


Ferndale Area District Library’s Art & Exhibition Committee presents “Urvakan,” an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Berkley-based artist Mark Benglian. The art will be on exhibit at the library from December 5, 2016 – January 14, 2017.

Benglian’s work focuses primarily on intuitive mark-making and storytelling. The images he conjures can be whimsical and haunting at the same time, while working in almost a trancelike state with a captivating milieu of muted tones, curious/unique entities and transfixing collages.

For the past 14 years Mark has been an accomplished graphic designer, teacher and fine artist and carries a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts Degrees from Michigan State University. His work draws largely from dreams and the subconscious. His creative process thrives upon kinesiology, particularly his own uninhibited movements, which are aggressively recorded on a myriad of surfaces from tabletops and doors to paper and plywood.

Benglian’s influences include primitive sculpture, cave paintings, children’s drawings and the drawings from his own childhood. Most of his pieces are created using salvaged or re-purposed materials and are created with whatever mediums are at hand; ranging from fabric, baseball innards and 2×4’s, to acrylic paint, crayons and charcoal.

Benglian could at times also be considered a philanthropic artist, often donating a large percentage of the proceeds from art sales to nonprofit organizations, animal rescue/protection initiatives including; Stiggy’s Dogs, The Michigan Humane Society and the ASPCA. His work has been exhibited in both group and solo shows across the metro area including Plymouth, Ann Arbor, East Lansing and Birmingham.

The Ferndale Public Library Art and Exhibitions Committee’s mission is to promote and foster an appreciation of two and three-dimensional art for library patrons, through exhibits, lectures, and an expanded collection of art books. You can find out more about art in the library in the community on facebook:

Contact: Mark

What: Local Artist Mark Benglian Exhibits Dreamlike Works From Salvaged Materials
When: Monday, December 5 – Saturday, January 14
Where: Ferndale Area District Library – 222 East Nine Mile, Ferndale

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