Item description for Matthew Benedict, The Mage's Pantry by Nayland Blake...
In 2001, artist Nayland Blake declared, "If a branch of Voodoo had sprouted up in turn-of-the-century New England, its artifacts might look something like the work of the 32-year-old, New York-based Matthew Benedict In his work, desire, especially gay desire, is seen as the entrance to another realm, a secret society filled with coded imagery." Benedict's paintings, photographs, embroidery and sculptural works are populated by a host of obscure references, from pirates to saints to Freemasons and tarot symbology. And archaic-sounding titles abound, like 2006's "The Magus and the Old Man recoiling from the High Priest (Moses and Rip van Winkle recoiling from Pius XII)" or "Still Life with Razor and Sugarcubes" from 2000. Creating a labyrinth of literary allusions, Benedict--a Herman Melville fan--deliberately eludes the easy read, though agendas do sometimes emerge. "The Children's Hall" (2002-2005), for example, is a diptych featuring all manner of outmoded toy weaponry--sabres, machetes, daggers--arranged in a decorative, baroque pattern, which rather darkly suggests the aesthetic appeal of violence to children.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.24" Width: 8.66" Height: 0.63" Weight: 1.59 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2008
Publisher Hatje Cantz
ISBN 377572107X ISBN13 9783775721073
Reviews - What do customers think about Matthew Benedict, The Mage's Pantry?
Insight into an amazing world Jun 2, 2008
I become aware of Matthew Benedict's work a little over a year ago, and was immediately drawn to it. This book not only explores the sources that inform his work, but lavishly illustrate his talents which are not well known enough on these, his home shores. I hope this will serve to bring great recognition to an youthful talent whose technical ability is only surpassed by his imagination. For me the great delight is seeing the manifestations of this imagination transferred to the canvas. I highly recommend this book.