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Ryan Bentzinger: nAMUH

October 2, 2015 - January 17, 2016

Ryan Bentzinger, Please save your spells and open the door, 2012, pencil, ink, watercolor crayon, watercolor on paper, 14 x 11 inches, courtesy of the artist.L2015.082
[4]Ryan Bentzinger, <i>(Devi controls a drop of water)</i>, 2012, pencil, ink, acrylic on paper, 14 x 11 inches, courtesy of the artist. L2015.079[4][4][4]
For the past few years, 26-year-old Iowa City artist Ryan Bentzinger has been working on a science fiction story and illustrating it with vibrant watercolors.  With the aim of created a heavily-illustrated book entitled nAMUH (nAMUH is Human backwards), Bentzinger has taken an almost-cinematic approach to illustrating his story, akin to the graphic novel, using watercolor as his medium.  Ryan Bentzinger: nAMUH is a solo exhibition presenting the prologue and first chapter of that story which comprises 74 of the total 197 watercolors created for the recently-completed book.  While each work represents a scene in the story, each also serves as an accomplished, engaging watercolor painting, where the artist pushes the medium to its limits.  His gruesome-yet-endearing characters live in a post-apocalyptic world and the viewer journeys with them on their adventures in this watercolor world.  

This exhibition is made possible by the Hotel-Motel Tax Fund, the Program Grant Fund of the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation, Rockwell Collins, the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts, members of the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, and contributors to the Museum’s Annual Fund.


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