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Tom Benner
From February 7th 1987 to February 28th 1987
Une réponse

"Since 1982, the body of work which I have undertaken has taken me back to the fundamental roots of the sculptural form, bringing to light in their creation a new awareness of life and of the environment for our Western culture.

It was at this point that I began to build a foundation of new symbols for us to remember by and also to look ahead of the future. The fundamental basis for this new work became different animals and fauna, which we as modern man so easily overlook in our large glass and steel cities.

In delving into the background of the animal itself and the way others perceived them and revered them in the past, it brought to the forefront how I myself should depict them; as in the 'murder of crows' .. i.e. –murder: an angle sized plural. Why should the comedian of the bird world be depicted as a murderer? Also, turkey vultures, revered by older societies and ours, hated and hunted for no apparent reason.

It is through these members of our world that I hope to give a new perspective on our ever-changing world. We are now surrounded by a constant flow of ideas and images, all based on man, as the centre of our planet and in many instances have lost the ability to look upon our planet as a whole.

In bringing into gallery situations old images with a more modern interpretation, it is a new and perhaps final chance to come to grips with what we are, as modern man, and the responsibilities we have: not to have selective memory or perception of both past, present and future.

For the next year I shall be exploring new avenues in this direction. At present I am building a full-sized white rhino, following which I shall be producing a piece on the four phases of the moon involving owls; and a stand of full sized musk oxen in the circular defensive position. The works will be exhibited in Toronto and Montreal this year and your assistance would be greatly appreciated."
– Tom Benner
- Press release (Optica)

Bibliographie
Auteur inconnu, « L'art à l'oeil: Zilon et ses bombes », Le Matin, Montréal jeudi 20 février 1987, p. 17.