Maxwell Bennett

Maxwell Bennett

  • Artist’s Statement

    I forge steel and other metals in an attempt to explore and capture moments of human experience. I am interested in realistic form and the process necessary to work only with the transformation of mass. What is the required order and location of each heat and hammer blow to most efficiently create the final piece? What form and expression and feeling and beauty can be brought out of the metal, and out of the destructive nature of the steel and coal industries? I work closely with the materials I use, listening and giving way to the metal and the process in order to communicate with and affect the work, fostering a conversation. As part of this exchange, I integrate other materials and objects that resonate with, and have found their way to me, into my work. I allow the piece to change and shift from what I want it to be to what the material needs it to be and use that understanding to finalize my impact on the form. The natural and formal elements of forged metal and found object become artifacts and evidence of experience.

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  • Biography

    A native of northern New Mexico, Maxwell Bennett studied Studio Art and Museum Studies at Colorado College. Now residing in Santa Fe, Bennett sculpts the human form in motion from steel and found alabaster. A Craig Herst Art Prize Scholar, Bennett describes his process:

    "When I think about art, it is hard for me to place it merely in the realm of creation. For me, art is much more about the experience and awareness of moments that make life interesting. It is the flash of sunlight through an overcast sky, the sting of a hot pan, the smell of freshly cut grass; it is the appreciation of sensation. It is the exploration of the world around me; an attempt to discover what creates emotion, and a recreation of those experiences"

  • Awards

    • Craig Herst Art Prize Scholar, 2011

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  • Exhibitions

    • In The Ruins of the Anthropocene I Group Exhibition I Ellsworth Gallery I Santa Fe, NM I 2019
    ​• Fractured Glances I Solo Sculpture Exhibition I Ellsworth Gallery I Santa Fe, NM I 2018
    ​• Heaven and Earth I Solo Sculpture Exhibition I Ellsworth Gallery I Santa Fe, NM I 2017
    • Life Lines I Trio Exhibition I Ellsworth Gallery I Santa Fe, NM I 2016
    • Artists' Choice I Group Exhibition I Ellsworth Gallery I Santa Fe, NM I 2016
    • Dispatch I Group Exhibition I Strangers Collective I Santa Fe, NM I 2016

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    Adaptive Capacity
    24 x 12 x 12 in. forged steel and bronze $3,450
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    Inertia
    24 x 12 x 12 in. forged steel and bronze $2,900
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    Isostatic Rebound
    24 x 12 x 12 in. forged steel and bronze $3,450
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    Necklace 4
    8 x 8 x 1 Steel $250
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    Necklace 3
    8 x 6 x 1 Steel $250
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    Necklace 2
    8 x 8 x 1 Steel $250
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    Apoptotic Drift
    26 x 9 x 14 Aluminum, Steel $2,800
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    Thought
    10 x 14 x 8 Alabaster, Cut Steel $1,900
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    Metanoia
    6 x 18 x 11 Gold, Steel $2,600
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    Tensile
    24 x 12 x 12 Steel $2,400
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    Sound and Smoke
    33 x 42 x 8 Aluminum, Steel $3,800