Disruption: Name It, 2017, inkjet and chine collé, 24 x 18 inches.

Disruptive forces can be found everywhere whether the scope of one’s search is global, societal, or personal. They are as present in the natural world as they are within the human-constructed environments over which we believe we have control. When a disruptive force occurs within a closed system, the effects ripple outwards with ramifications of both positive and negative potential that range from subtle to catastrophic. Disruption: Name It is from a body of work titled In Absence of Reason. A smoky, amorphous form expands within a house-like structure that purports to be sound, constructed with the stud walls that support our houses. Upon closer inspection, this home reveals itself to be illogical and unsustainable. The entirety of this situation is presented as a specimen for study upon the organized system of a grid. Its consequences, however, cannot be contained; shadows of indeterminate origin break the fourth wall, reaching into and effecting the viewer’s space.

Charles Beneke
Professor of Art
University of Akron

Charles Beneke earned a B.A. in Art and Psychology from Kenyon College in 1990. After working in book cover design in New York City, he attended The University of Connecticut where he received his MFA in Printmaking and Mixed-media in 1996. Beneke was an assistant professor of art at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming from 1997 to 2001 where he taught Foundations. He is currently a professor of art at The University of Akron Myers School of Art at in Akron, Ohio where he is the Printmaking area coordinator. Beneke is the president of the Southern Graphics Council International. He was the 2008-10 president of the Mid America Print Council. His work in a broad range of print media, installation, painting, and new media addresses disruptive forces within closed systems ranging from the global to the personal.