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Candy Man: Ben Willis, Candy Castle and Signs at Fort Works Art

August 2 – September 9, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION  Saturday August 5, 2017 6pm – 9pm
Childhood fantasy and fun burst to life as Fort Works Art welcomes the return of artist Ben Willis and his deliciously vibrant new exhibition Candy Man to Fort Worth from August 2 – September 9, 2017. This family-friendly exhibition/installation invites audiences of all ages to savor in Willis’s one-of-a-kind artistic confections with the same excitement and sense of adventure inspired by Hasbro’s classic board game. Candy Man is an immersive experience in pattern and color and designed to satisfy the artistic appetite of each viewer with its mouthwatering collection of bold abstractions.Along with being a recognized artist in his own right, Willis has established his reputation as a preparator with an eye for assembling captivating artistic collections. Together with his own Candy Man exhibition, the talented Arizona-based artist, has curated the secondary Candy Castle show and populated it with works by a lineup of notable artists. A direct reference to the original board game, Candy Castle serves to house a treasure trove of “objects” that have proven especially compelling to Willis over the course of his career. With a special emphasis on sculptural works that help to balance the paint-driven pieces found in Candy Man, Willis states “All of the [Candy Castle] artists I have admired for some time now and I believe their work relates and can carry conversation with my pieces.” Featured Candy Castle artists include, Derick Smith, Dan Lam, Christina West, Adam Hillman, Sean Augustine March, Sean Newport, Rachel Goodwin, Wheron, and Kristina Drake.

A third component of this experiential exhibition includes painting by two highly regarded Metroplex artists, Drigo and Brennen Bechtol. The two artists will hand-paint title walls for the Candy Man and Candy Castle shows in their representative styles. Both dealing with signs in their own respective works, Bechtol and Drigo’s colorful title walls will provide an additional installation element to the already vibrant exhibition. Like the nostalgia evoked by childhood memories of visiting a candy store for the first time, Willis commented “…I want this show to feel like oh my god, how did they get all of these wonderful things together in one space?”

 

Fort Works Art is committed to bringing life, vitality and energy to the art scene in Fort Worth, TX. They are a resource for both seasoned collectors and the everyday individual. Existing somewhere between a gallery, a cultural center and a museum, Fort Works Art strives to continually evolve into its own entity, free from the traditional labels of the art world. They exist to support the arts, to give back to the community and to inspire youth.

Fort Works Art 
2100 Montgomery Street
Fort Worth, Texas, 76107
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11 am – 5 pm; Saturday 10 am – 6 pm

 

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