Art Talk: Mishel Valenton, Benedict Scheuer, and Maria Stabio

July 11, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.

This event takes place on Zoom and Facebook Live.
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LOCATION: Online only

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Curated by Maria Stabio, Personal Nature pairs the work of Mishel Valenton and Benedict Scheuer, two artists intrigued by the ephemerality of personal and natural experiences. In this online conversation, the artists and curator will discuss the exhibition, their artistic practices, and their fascination with all sensations, visual and tactile.

Mishel Valenton works in oil paints, gouache, and digital media, focusing on color-centric, expressive figuration that reflects personal narratives. She calls her works “past, present, and future projections of self.’’ Born in Manila in 1982, Valenton migrated to the U.S. in 2004 and now lives in Richmond, Virginia. The symbolism and language in her work reflects her Filipino upbringing and American immigrant existence, referencing Filipino idiosyncrasies and locales to build a personal connection to her own history while also capturing everyday human experiences. The figures she creates represent feelings and states of mind, from disappointment and dreaming to resting within the context of a digitally dependent world. Valenton has shown her work in group exhibitions across the U.S. and, in 2019, in a solo exhibition in Sense Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Benedict Scheuer is an interdisciplinary artist based in Columbus, Ohio, who wears his gardening clothes in the studio and his studio clothes in the garden. Within his art practice, drawing and painting are instruments of devotion, connecting the body to that which exists outside of it. His works on paper and free-flowing silk have been exhibited most recently in solo presentations at Marlborough in New York City; FORELAND via Abattoir Gallery in Catskill, New York; No Place Gallery in Columbus, Ohio; the Belle Isle Viewing Room in Detroit; and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in St. Paul. Scheuer also participated in FRONT: International 2022 as an exhibiting artist at the Akron Art Museum in Akron, Ohio. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Yale University and an MFA in Visual Art from the Ohio State University, and recently attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is based in Columbus.

Maria Stabio is a Filipino-American painter and occasional curator based in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. She has curated exhibitions at Essex Flowers, LeRoy Neiman Gallery, and Torrance Shipman Gallery, all in New York. Her own work has recently been shown at galleries in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania, and she has been awarded residencies in New York, South Carolina, Vermont, and in Doha, Qatar. She developed a former furniture factory in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, into a five-room boutique hotel called Bischoff Inn, where she launched the Micro-Residency at Bischoff Inn, a short-term residency program for visual artists, writers, and scholars.

View the recording of the event here.