Monday, January 22, 2018

Poste Nébuleux: Ben Banville, a Life in Art

Poste Nébuleux: 
Ben Banville, a Life in Art
Jan. 22 - Feb 22, 2018

Gallery Talk & Reception - Wed. Feb. 7th CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
RESCHEDULED for: Wed. Feb 14th
11am - 1pm, talk begins at noon

Evening Reception: Thurs. Feb. 8th, 5:30 - 7:30PM - UNCHANGED
The Taber Art Gallery is open to the public and located through the HCC Campus Library lobby in the 
Donahue Bldg. Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 10am - 6pm during regular school sessions.

Poste Nébuleux is a comprehensive retrospective honoring the life and art of Bernard Banville 
(b. February 4, 1950 Hauterive, Quebec; d. January 22, 2017 Ashby, MA). Musician, photographer, object and image-maker, Ben was an extraordinary talent, a contagious wit, and a generous friend. Ben lived from the center of his art—a continuous, indivisible personal mythology that animated his trickster spirit, and imbued his life with passionate meaning. A long-time resident of the Pioneer Valley, Ben’s art was exhibited widely throughout the area over the last thirty years, culminating in his profound and moving sculptural installations commemorating the Holocaust, which were centerpieces for large group exhibits in the thriving Holyoke art scene.

The works included in Poste Nébuleux span almost 40 years: from early Dada-inspired mail art, to visionary drawings of erotic apocalypse, to the digital paintings, assemblages and installation documentation of his mature work. They are accompanied by the encaustics that were the last pieces Ben produced. The artworks in the exhibition come from the collections of André Banville, Dennis Banville, Isabella Dell’ Olio, Dean Nimmer, Eileen Roif, Don and Marcia Wheeler, and Christopher Willingham. 

The show is curated by Christopher Willingham, Adjunct Professor of Visual Arts at Holyoke Community College.

Image: Transubstantiation, 2003, 19’ x 13’, digital painting