Intersecting at the Edge: Karl Benjamin, Heather Gwen Martin and Eric Zammitt

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Name: Intersecting at the Edge: Karl Benjamin, Heather Gwen Martin and Eric Zammitt
Date: July 14, 2018
Time: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM PDT
Intersecting At The Edge: Karl Benjamin, Heather Gwen Martin, Eric Zammitt
Event Description:
The Claremont Museum of Art presents Intersecting at the Edge, an exhibition that juxtaposes recent works by Los Angeles artists Heather Gwen Martin and Eric Zammitt with paintings and sculptures by seminal Claremont artist, Karl Benjamin. Using bold colors and clean edges each artist expresses a distinct sensibility that may allude to the refinement of architectural structure, the mesmerizing dazzle of echoing shapes, or the vastness of atmospheric luminosity. 

In 1959 Karl Benjamin was featured in the groundbreaking exhibition Four Abstract Classicists at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Art critic Jules Langsner, who wrote for the catalogue, is credited with coining the term "Hard-edge" painting. While New York based abstract painters were making expressive canvases with gestural brushstrokes, stains or drips, California artists like Benjamin were synthesizing geometry and color by painting sharp edges, smooth surfaces and solid hues.  Like the California Hard-edge painters, contemporary works by Heather Gwen Martin and Eric Zammitt embrace lyrical forms and chromatic sensations. The spatial explorations in Martin’s oil on linen paintings employ vivid colors and crisp graphic elements to produce lively activity and unexpected situations. Comprised of precisely assembled bands of colored Plexiglas Zammitt’s pristine surfaces shimmer and glow.

Curated by Dion Johnson, Intersecting at the Edge reveals the rich interplay between chromatic space and pictorial motion that unites these artists’ works. In Benjamin’s Black and Gray Curves with Purple (1960), a breeze seems to gently animate planes of color; similarly, the shapes and hues in Martin’s Cue (2017) appear airborne like sails and streamers. Benjamin’s #1 (1992) feels like a party where curvy shapes dance to color rather than music, and in Zammitt’s Grey Spectral Nocturne II (2014), the party confetti rhythmically forms colorful trajectories.     

Intersecting at the Edge: Karl Benjamin, Heather Gwen Martin and Eric Zammitt will be on view July 13 through September 16, 2018 at the Claremont Museum of Art, located in the historic Claremont Depot at 200 W. First Street. The museum is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m. and on Art Walk August 4 and September 1, 6-9:00 p.m. For more information visit
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Claremont Museum of Art
200 W. First Street
Claremont, CA 91711
Date/Time Information:
July 13 – September 16, 2018
The museum is open noon to 4pm Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Also, for the First Saturday Claremont Art Walk from 6 to 9pm. 
Contact Information:
Admission is $5.
Children 18 and under are free.
A variety of membership options are available.
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