CHARLES BENEFIEL (1967, USA)
Charles Benefiel was born in Venice Beach, California. His highly detailed works reflect his condition of obsessive compulsive disorder. Using draughtsman’s pens, he draws series of dots and points to compose his pictures of linear numbers and uniform geometrical figures. Creating his pictures freehand, without any preconceived composition, he counts dots in sequence and in repetition.
His numbers have specific meanings gleaned from telephone exchanges, postal codes, dates and financial records. Many of his works are on a fairly large scale, as big as five by eight feet. Always striving for perfection, Benefiel’s works are usually have a photographic quality, dyed with tea and then varnish.
Reluctant to view them as art, however, Benefiel terms his pieces “stories”. They are autobiographical, providing a means for him to release his demons. His ambiguous drawings have little sense of an audience, though he now allows others to find their own narratives within the detail of his vision.
1) © Collection ABCD, Montreuil
2) Hygienic Toys 2, 1995, ink, tea and furniture varnish on paper © Christie’s
3) Method for a Symbol of Purity, u.d., Ink on paper, stain, varnish