Natural Disaster Color by Petronio Bendito

May 9 – September 7, 2014


For the past ten years Petronio Bendito has focused on the examination of color.  For this series of mid and large-scale prints he conducted color studies in which he devised color schemes based on natural disasters such as the Haiti earthquake, landslides in Brazil and the tsunami in Japan.  The works function as an interface that acknowledges the fragility of humankind and honors humanity in a subliminal way.  Hope, remembrance, and resilience emerge as Mr. Bendito transposes depictions of chaos and despair into patterns of order and beauty.  Petronio is an Associate Professor of Art and Design in the Purdue University Department of Visual and Performing Arts.