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September 14 – October 19, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 2013, 7-9 pm

Artist Talk: Thursday, September 26, 2013, 7 pm  

Artists Will Schneider-White and Benjamin Bellas distort the boundaries between the lived and imagined in Ostensible Fictions, an exhibition at Hamiltonian Gallery. Ostensible Fictions will run from September 14 – October 19, 2013 with an opening reception on Saturday, September 14 from 7-9 pm.

Will Schneider-White’s paintings present an aqueous environment in which languid figures read and are read, reflect and are reflected. Simultaneously placid and unsettling, humorous and dark, Schneider-White’s work revels in its recursive and contradictory imagery, inviting viewers to question his narrative structures.

Benjamin Bellas memorializes moments both imagined and real through his haunting found-object sculptures. Created with everyday objects, some of which include family heirlooms, the meaning of Bellas’s work shifts with the inclusion of his accompanying prose, allowing his objects to serve meditations on the poetics of memory and contemporary life.

Will Schneider-White received his MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2013 where he received the Steer Prize for Painting. Notable exhibitions include Private Drama,Vibe Gallery, London, UK (2012), and White Studies, BFA Gallery, Portland, Oregon (2010). He is currently the Fountainhead Arts Fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA and is a 2013 Hamiltonian Fellow.

Benjamin Bellas received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. Recent exhibitions include Losing Something You Never Had, Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC (2012), Hi-A-Tus, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, Michigan (2012) and A Vague Whole, SPACES, Cleveland (2010). Bellas was the recipient of the 2012 Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and has been a guest lecturer at numerous institutions including The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He currently lives and works in Chestertown, Maryland, where he is the Assistant Professor of Art at Washington College.

Contact Gallery Director Amanda Jirón-Murphy with all press inquiries and image requests: amanda@hamiltoniangallery.com