Event Date

July 10 - September 13, 2019
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Art at BRIT

Program Information

Free to the public.

Point of Contact

Erin Starr White

Community Education Manager

The Wire Houses are part of a series titled Outside In.  It represents artist Carol Benson’s continued exploration of how we can live in harmony with nature while taking responsibility for conservation and stewardship of our resources.

Benson is a thoroughly modern artist who gets under the skin of the feminine intellectual experience - and thence goes directly to the universal - by concentrating on ancient domestic themes that embody containment. Benson is fascinated by the dichotomy between privacy and exposure, surface and depth, appearance and content. She creates an intuitive architecture in each piece, in the manner of one who puts together a personal environment or prepares a dish from exotic ingredients. Working on zinc-coated galvanized steel, which supports a vigorously interactive process and furnishes a refractive quality beneath the paint, she constructs and deconstructs the image through a series of changes. Her process mimics the first-time exploration of new surroundings, room by room, doubling back, turning corners, finally arriving at an inevitable destination, a formal rightness, and a light and vibrant sense of familiarity.

Many thanks to William Campbell Contemporary Art for helping to bring this exhibit to BRIT.

About Art at BRIT

Art at BRIT offers two distinctive art viewing spaces: the elegant Madeline R. Samples Exhibit Hall and the smaller, more intimate Upper Atrium Collections Gallery. The Samples Exhibit Hall showcases botanical art and artwork dealing with topics such as ecology, plants, sustainability, conservation, and the natural world – we highlight work by local and national artists, both well-known and emerging. The Upper Atrium Collections Gallery features a rotation of botanical and nature-based prints from our Library collection, including The Arader Natural History Collection of Art. We honor and celebrate the traditional roots of botanical art, while also expanding and redefining the field for the 21st century.