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Open Studios with M. Benjamin Herndon and Sol Pochat

M. Benjamin Herndon is a visual artist whose painting practice involves a laborious preparation of surfaces composed of gelatin, marble dust, and pigments on linen, which become luminous grounds for minimal silverpoint drawings. These material interactions, their subtle compositional intention and optical experience with regards to the interaction of light and movement, combine in a quiet conversation that provide for moments of discovery. Herndon received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2012, and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2016. In addition to Marble House, Herndon has been awarded residencies and fellowships at the Vermont Studio Center and the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. He currently lives and works in Providence, Rhode Island, and teaches in the printmaking department at RISD.

Sol Pochat is a visual artist and artistic director based in Buenos Aires. She received her BFA from School of Visuals Arts (SVA) in New York City and has exhibited her work in international galleries, both individual and collectively. Her work is recognized in the multiplicity of materials and new media, which refer to an aesthetic and poetic search between man and its relationship with nature. Sol is the founder of HILO, a contemporary art gallery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, focusing on site-specific and -responsive contemporary art. Since the opening of HILO in 2015, Sol has been engaged in helping fellow artists produce on-site commissions, while also developing her own aesthetic language as an artist.