Ben Sack's exhibit "Atlas of Thought," is sure to fascinate viewers who will want to inch up close and personal to examine the work of tiny, ornately detailed buildings in each of his works.
The exhibit by the American artist is on display Jan. 12 through Feb. 6 at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts at Emory & Henry College, Emory, Va.. An Artalk presentation is 7:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, in the main stage theater.
Drawing beautiful and diverse cities with pen and ink, Sack puts the viewer on top of it all. The size of his artwork symbolizes the vastness of the cities he creates, and the time it requires to make them.
His work invites the eye to explore drawings of the "big picture," to gaze into a kaleidoscope of histories and to look further into the elemental world of lines and dots.
The artist draws inspiration from traveling, art and architectural history, and from classical music. Embedded within his works are references to literature, quantum mechanics and cosmology.
Sack's work focuses on his fascination with how individuals come to realize their place in the world – both metaphorically and physically. His artwork explores architecture as a flexible medium capable of expressing the unique space between realism and abstraction; where interpretation and our ability to create meaning are in flux. Within this space, Sack encapsulates both the infinite and infinitesimal.
Sack received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2011. Only a year later, he was the graphics winner in the International Arts Festival sponsored by the Museum of Russian Art. At the same institution, he was awarded a solo exhibition. Sack has served twice as the artist-in-residence aboard the MS Amsterdam during its voyages that circumnavigate the globe.
In addition, Sack's works have been collected and exhibited by public and private institutions, and national and international museums and hotels, such as the Museo Erba in Switzerland and The 21c Museum Hotel. His works have been featured in a variety of publications both in print and online, including The Huffington Post, Hi-Fructose Magazine, and Colossal Magazine.
The gallery exhibit and Artalk are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, visit the website at www.ehc.edu/mca.