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Benjamin D. 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  

Fractured Fathers
By Rachel Simmons and Benjamin D. Rinehart
Orlando, Florida: Rachel Simmons / Benjamin D. Rinehart, 2021. Edition of 10.

Folding container holding two flextangle rings and one pamphlet. Signed and numbered by the artists.

  • Number of pages: Flextangle - 4 surfaces, pamphlets - 36 pages combined.
  • Medium: collapsible box with archival pigment & pressure prints and vinyl labels; archival pigment printed flextangles and pamphlet book.
  • Dimensions: Container– 10” x 5.5” x 2.5” (closed), 15” x 18” (open) Flextangles– 4.5” x 4.5” x 2” Pamphlet– 10” x 5.5” x .1825” (closed), 10” x 11” x .1825” (open).
  • Paper: Bristol 20 pt. and Mohawk Superfine Text soft white 28 lbs.
  • Flextangle: Images, text, and vinyl labels printed on an archival Epson printer.
  • Container & cover: Designs created using pressure printing with oil-based ink.
  • Closure: Magnets.

Project Statement: "’Fractured Fathers’ is a collaborative artists book created by Benjamin D. Rinehart from Appleton, Wisconsin and Rachel Simmons from Orlando, Florida. The process began with a conversation between close friends about their complex relationships with their fathers, Jim and Terry. In the summer of 2020, during the first pandemic lockdown, they interviewed one another over video conferencing and transcribed the conversations.

“Their discoveries led to the creation of two flextangles and a third collaborative book based on the transcripts. For the flextangles, they used photos of their fathers augmented through digital manipulation and pressure printing. Everything was finalized during an in-person studio session in Appleton a year later. Through this process they found kinship between their common experiences & parallels between their family relationships and themselves."

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Team Ramey
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
Appleton, Wisconsin: Benjamin D. 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 D. 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."

Team Ramey book
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At Home Meet Chinchilla
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
New York: Benjamin D. 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 D. Rinehart: “[My] narratives typically involve photo shoots, visual collage, and design elements. Book forms satiate my interest in graphic design.”
At Home Meet Chinchilla book
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By Benjamin D. Rinehart
New York: Benjamin D. Rinehart, 2010. Edition of 10.

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 D. 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 (Last 4 copies)
cliqued book
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Revolving Gender
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
New York: Benjamin D. Rinehart, 2008. Unstated.

Bristol board rotating ring. Archival pigment prints. Numbered.

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

Benjamin D. 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?"
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By Benjamin D. 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".

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Ticket Licket
By Benjamin D. 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 D. 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."


Ticket Licket book

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

Benjamin D. 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 #10: The Bees Knees
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
Appleton, Wisconsin: Benjamin D. Rinehart, 2017. Edition of 7.

9” x 9” x .75” (closed), 18” x 15” x .75 (open); 10 pages; 5 recipe card pull outs. Board book pages. Materials: Strathmore paper; museum board; Iris book cloth. Printed with Epson printer. Iris book cloth hinges. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Benjamin D. Rinehart: "Cooking for others gives me great joy. It is especially rewarding when I see smiles on everyone’s faces. I often tell the kids that there always needs to be a little love in each dish or else it doesn’t taste as good. For our family, food transcends social and cultural barriers, and gives us a chance to share a part of ourselves when we have guests at the dinner table.

"The recipes throughout this book are family favorites and tested on multiple audiences. Lift the tab on each page to reveal the recipe and join us for something tasty."

Boys & Bubs #10: The Bees Knees book
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Boys & Bubs: Nun-Ya
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
Appleton, Wisconsin: Benjamin D. Rinehart, 2017. Edition of 7.

9” x 9” x .375” (closed), 9” x 34.5” x .375” (open); 4 pages. Archival pigment print & silk screen. Accordion structure. Includes tinted glasses to reveal hidden messages within the book. Printed on Strathmore paper with Epson printer. Bound in Iris book cloth and binders board. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Benjamin D. Rinehart: "It’s not uncommon for strangers to approach my family to better understand our 'situation'. Being a same-sex couple and having children often prompts unsolicited comments and questions like 'Where did you get them?' or 'Isn’t that nice that mom had the day off.' We typically file this under the category of 'none of your business' or 'nun-ya' for short.

"Many people persist with deeply personal questions as to how the boys came into our lives, parental roles, and other aspects of our family life. Because of the frequency of these questions we realize that there is a desperate need for education in mainstream society on alternative family structures.

"When approaching a stranger with questions, ask yourself 'Would I feel comfortable if someone asked me that?' This should not be an opportunity to satiate your curiosity, to talk through personal feelings, experiences or opinions. Is it inappropriate to engage someone who already feels marginalized? When in doubt, wait."

Boys & Bubs: Nun-Ya book
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Boys & Bubs: Seasons of Change
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
Appleton, Wisconsin: Benjamin D. 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 D. 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
Boys & Bubs: Seasons of Change book
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Boys & Bubs: The Wig Master
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
Appleton, Wisconsin: Benjamin D. Rinehart, 2016. Edition of 7.

9” x 9” x .75” (closed), 17” x 9” x .75 (open); single opening. Medium: lithograph, pressure print, and archival pigment prints. Bound as a box with hinged doors. Magnetic double hinged opening with synthetic hair pull. Pigmented Strathmore paper. Text printed on Epson printer. Materials: Iris book cloth, binders board, foam core, steel, magnets, and synthetic hair. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Benjamin D. Rinehart: "Gender fluidity and freedom of personal expression are important credos in our household. The idea of changing one’s outward appearance with the ease of taking on or off a wig is enticing and fun. Styling and wearing wigs are a normal part of our kids world because of Joshua’s profession as a wig master. This has given our kids a chance to experience a variety of styles that cross gender in appearance.

"The magnetic wigs are reminiscent of iconic figurative refrigerator magnets; like the statue of David dressed like Marilyn Monroe. Opportunities to switch one’s outward appearance are socially restrictive and often limited to holidays or masquerades.

"Whenever and however you choose to express yourself, embrace it!"

Boys & Bubs: The Wig Master book
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Boys & Bubs: Color is for Everyone
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
Appleton, Wisconsin: Benjamin D. 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 D. 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."

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Boys & Bubs: Toys = Fun
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
Appleton, Wisconsin: Benjamin D. 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 D. 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!"
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Benjamin D. Rinehart Out of Print Title:  
Boys & Bubs: Daddy & Papa
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
Appleton, Wisconsin: Benjamin D. 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 D. 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.”
(SOLD/Out of print)
Boys & Bubs: Daddy & Papa book
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My Own Way
By Benjamin D. Rinehart
2004. Edition of 15.

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

Benjamin D. 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.
(SOLD/Out of Print)

My own way book

By Benjamin D. 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

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.

Sissy book

Sissy book


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