Benjamin Rinehart
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Benjamin Rinehart: “My process is often dictated by the story in each image, and is influenced by both positive and negative impressions. Physical and mental images are invoked to explore an autobiographical narrative through painting, printmaking, and book arts. I direct the viewer’s experience with tactile, visual, emotional, and psychological responses. Bitter and sweet colors bring the viewer into playful surroundings while dense layers emulate a thick skin suggesting strength and resilience.”
   
Boys & Bubs series  
   
Team Ramey
By Benjamin Rinehart
Appleton, Wisconsin: Benjamin Rinehart, 2015. Edition of 10.

10” x 10” x 2.5” (closed), 10” x 20” x 9” (open); 20 pages. Processes: pressure print, letterpress, laser copy, archival pigment print. Materials: embroidery thread, mylar, acetate, and vellum paper. Drum leaf bound textblock with flatback hard cover. Neenah Paper Classic Crest Cover, Sand-Smooth papers. Wooden typefaces (Collegiate and Gothic) handset along with computer generated and printed fonts. Pop-up elements handprinted, handcut, and assembled by the artist. Bound in binders board with Iris Book Cloth. Illustration on front board.

Benjamin Rinehart: "Team Ramey explores the dynamics and ramifications of having a baby through surrogacy. It began as an innocent conversation with a friend. Despite having had a child before through adoption, we weren’t prepared for the myriad of new issues in regards to conception, doctor’s visits, the birth, legal challenges, and navigating an extended family. The playful pop-up construction methods serve as a device to lure the audience into more complex adult issues.

"Many thanks to our amazing friend and surrogate Angela for helping us expand our family. I dedicate this book to my Ramalicious, Ramey Astor."

$1,500

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At Home Meet Chinchilla
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
New York: Benjamin Rinehart, 2012. Edition of 10.

8 x 10”; 9 pages. Archival pigment prints. Paper cover of pigment prints with title on front and edition number on back.

Rinehart received his a Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana State University. In "At Home Meet Chinchilla" he revisits the landscapes of that period of his life.

This is the first of Chinchilla’s adventures (or at least the implication is that there are more to come). The reader is welcomed to share in Chinchilla’s joy of Feliciana Parish as she directs us to its pleasures with food, scenery, graveyards, and churches.

Benjamin Rinehart: “[My] narratives typically involve photo shoots, visual collage, and design elements. Book forms satiate my interest in graphic design.”
$350

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cliqued
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
New York: Benjamin Rinehart, 2010. Edition of 6.

6 x 9"; 20 pages. Archival pigment prints with paper cover. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Introduction: "cliqued is dedicated to those individuals who don’t fit neatly into a specific social group or otherwise fulfill stereotypical expectations. This book documents and recalls distinct memories after a visit to my old stomping grounds in Fort Wayne, IN. (1978-1990)."

Benjamin Rinehart: "Growing up in the Midwest, family and society never encouraged 'gay behavior.' I knew that my secret would be fully accepted into mainstream culture and seen as 'normal.' Throughout the years I have realized that being 'normal' would make me anonymous. My own personal determination to be an individual has driven me to seek within myself and others all the unique qualities that we possess."
$ 300

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Revolving Gender
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
New York: Benjamin Rinehart, 2008. Edition of 5.

9 x 9 x 4" rotating ring. Archival pigment prints. Numbered.

Rotating images pose the question about gender – Is she a boy? Is she a girl?

Benjamin Rinehart: "After not cutting my son’s hair for nearly two years, he is more often called a girl than a boy. Why gender is used by society to validate a toddler’s role in this world is vexing. After teaching kids at all ages over the years, I have found that specific and stereotypical gender roles are extremely limiting. Shouldn’t it be that each child is allowed to decide for themselves in a natural and evolutionary way about their gender?"
$450

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My Own Way
By Benjamin Rinehart
2004. Edition of 15.

4.25 x 4.25" digital prints in square flexagon with envelope.

Benjamin Rinehart: "Many of these artist books have been completed in the past eight years. My primary focus has been to speak about my dating experiences in a rural and large urban environment. I used family and past lovers as a catalyst for the images reflecting my role in and outside of the gay community."

In this work by Rinehart, we see images of a boy with his first dress and a child desperate for privacy to those of a man accepting himself.
$30 (Last Copy)

   
   

Fairy-Mones
By Benjamin Rinehart
2002. Edition of 40

4 x 8" copier book. Cover in black & white with interior copies on pink pages. Stapled binding. Signed by Rinehart.

A representation of an average week as a single homosexual man. With disclaimer from artist "Keep in mind that this is a typical week. it does not take into account lunar cycles, planetary anomalies or spacial distortions. Plan your week accordingly."

Each day is represented by a single scene that includes a ghost image of the previous day and minimal text: Rinehart with earphones "SUN 15:45 / tune out * content"; Rinehart starting out a window "MON 19:15 / anticipation voyeur"; Rinehart preparing to mouth a phallic looking nipple "TUE 11:23 / self love * edgy".
$15

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Ticket Licket
By Benjamin Rinehart
2001. Edition of 60.

5.5 x 10”. Comprised of six reductive woodcut images. Encased in a printed bound portfolio.

The original idea came from raffle tickets, where the purchaser would "keep the stub" to see what they had won. The main focus of the portfolio is about dating in a large urban environment versus a rural upbringing. Rinehart used family and past lovers as a catalyst for the images. The numbers were derived from telephone numbers previously occupied by him.

Benjamin Rinehart: "Each print is two-sided or two-faced, consistent with the bitter yet interesting relationships I have encountered in various parts of the country."
$550.

 

 

"The Boys & Bubs" series (planned to be a series of 13 books)

Benjamin Rinehart: "My images depict an autobiographical narrative critiquing relationships between people and personal identity. More specifically as a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning (LGBTQ) community, I use personal experience to raise awareness and speak about issues affecting under-represented and marginalized people. Each piece is an expression of intimacy and is intended to have numerous readings beyond the initial view. My artwork is designed to communicate and help others by providing new insight into universal experiences, contributing to a wider dialog and forming a stronger sense of community and family."

 
Boys & Bubs: Daddy & Papa
By Benjamin Rinehart
Appleton, Wisconsin: Benjamin Rinehart, 2016. Edition of 7.

9 x 9 x .75" closed; 14 pages including pastedowns. Archival pigment, pressure print, and hand stamping. Printed on white Strathmore 500 series paper. Images and text printed with an archival Epson Printer. Pressure printing with oil-based ink to create the figurative elements. Bound as soft-cover perfect-bound lift-the-flap book. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Benjamin Rinehart: "This lift-the-flap book details the journey of two individuals who met in New York City and eventually moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, to start a family. Each page has multiple tabs that reveal the narrative."

This is the third published book in Rinehart's
Boys & Bubs series. It is the first in the sequence but the third to completed. The Boys & Bubs books are planned to be a series of 13 books.”
$500

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Boys & Bubs: Seasons of Change
By Benjamin Rinehart
Appleton, Wisconsin: Benjamin Rinehart, 2016. Edition of 7.

9 x 9 x .75" closed, opens to 9 x 9 x 9". Tunnel book. Pressure print, reductive woodcut and archival pigment prints. Pigmented Strathmore paper. Text printed on archival Epson printer. Bound in Irish book cloth and binders board. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Benjamin Rinehart: "The USA offers a diverse range of scenery and opportunities with the change of the seasons. Swimming, climbing trees, playing at playgrounds, gardening, riding bikes, enjoying bonfires, pumpkin and apple picking, sledding, and snowball fighting are just a few things that come to mind. My family is no different than many others when it comes to enjoying the great outdoors."
$ 460

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Boys & Bubs: Color is for Everyone
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
Appleton, Wisconsin: Benjamin Rinehart, 2015. Edition of 7.

9 x 9 x .75" closed; 14 pages. Reductive woodcut. Archival pigment prints. Laid in divider box with drop spine. Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils (black, cool gray, warm gray, silver, and dark umber) laid in. Perfect bound textblock with tear-away sheets. White Strathmore 500 Series paper. Printed on an Epson printer with archival inks. Box bound in Iris Book Cloth, binder's board, and decorative color papers. Hook and loop tape closure. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Benjamin Rinehart: "The viewer is encouraged to question color relationships and how it affects gender association. Society and cultural beliefs often dictate the hues that are 'acceptable' and how it relates to a specific gender. Historically this changes over time, especially with variations of primary colors like blue and red.

"Each page can be torn out and should be colored only with the pencils provided."

$400

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Boys & Bubs: Toys = Fun
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
Appleton, Wisconsin: Benjamin Rinehart, 2015. Edition of 7.

9 x 9 x .375" closed; 8 pages. Reductive woodcut. Archival pigment prints. Printed on white Strathmore 500 series. Text printed on an Epson printer with archival ink. Covers of cotton fabric backed with Mulberry paper and binder's board. Bound as a slide-o-matic book, a self-turning book operated by a sliding tab to move the pages. Signed and numbered on the colophon by the artist.

Benjamin Rinehart: "I worked at a toy store for years and was required to test all of the new toys to better serve the customers. Since then I strongly believe that every child should have access to a variety of toys free from ridicule because of bias, stereotype and/or intended audience. Let a boy wear a dress and carry a doll or a girl play with superhero Legos while wielding a sword. The most important thing is to be creative, play, and have fun!"
$560

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Sissy
By Benjamin Rinehart
2004. Edition of 15.

6.25 x 4.5" with 22 pages. Digital book with flat-back cover.

"'sissy', was a child that grew up in the midwest who strove for
acceptance from everyone at the expense of personal happiness. with adulthood came understanding. this book is a response to the struggles of embracing differences and transforming insecurity into strength. children are often not given choices in how they pursue sex and sexual orientation. sissy deserved options."
[From the preface, punctuation as it appears in the
text.]

This digital book with flat-back cover juxtaposes water color images of Rinehart's niece and nude males. Single words – "companion," "needy," "frustrated," "weakling," "ignored," etc. – bind the images together forming a new narrative, questioning the idea of "sissy." The title comes from a nickname Rinehart and his niece shared while growing up, a nickname that has also served as a derogatory term for gay men.
(SOLD)

 

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