The role of science in the pandemic has been a good context for reflecting on and articulating my artistic practice. I believe abstract artists have a duty to develop aesthetic methods for understanding the human spirit. And I believe we must use art to deconstruct ourselves outside the framework of scientific enlightenment and reason. Reason is a means to an end, a tool of the spirit, but not the identity of the same. As an artist, I strive for “methodological irrationality.” Here are some examples of my latest mixed media pieces, which exemplify my explorations into the raw elements of the human spirit, unfettered by logic and language.
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Benjamin Arizmendi is an abstract artist residing in Oakland, California. Influenced by abstract expressionism, photography and digital media, Arizmendi uses color and composition in various forms to explore human consciousness and subjectivity. The purpose of abstract art, for Arizmendi, is to freely explore the world of the mind in its various emotional, intellectual, and spiritual modalities. Much of Arizmendi’s work blends abstract art with concepts in science and philosophy, which has been accomplished through collaborations with academics and researchers in physics, mathematics, biology, and engineering.