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A Brief Introduction to Dan Bendel

Born in Worcester, UK in 1973
Raised in Dorset, studied Sculpture at Wimbledon School of Art
Lives and works in Bristol, UK

“At the moment I am making ink drawings which are influenced by metamorphosis, animation and comics. I am also drawing small comic strips or short graphic novels and sending them to places like the Observer Comica prize. Before this I made interactive kaleidoscopic binoculars which had comic illustration and poems inside. These Ideas accumulated in a commission that is part of the Wessex Ridgeway (see below for more details). For the future I intend to go back to making the Binocular type sculptures and combine them with my recent ink drawings.”

Exhibitions and Art Projects

2010 I was part of a show called “Portrait of the Artist” Featuring 25 Bridport based Artists. A book was published, with interviews, photo Portraits and examples of artists work. Go to www.portraitoftheartist.co.uk for more info.
2010-09 Easton Arts Trail, Easton, Bristol
2008 As a part of the Art on the Hill Arts Trail, Windmill hill, in Bristol. I invited people to interact with a piece called “Man Block Tree”. The sculptures were placed along a stretch of the park and blackboards were placed alongside for people to Comment or draw on.
2008 I made a sequence of carvings called “Man Block Tree” for a Cycle path bursary. Showing a man morphing into a tower block then into a tree. This was placed along the Bristol to Bath cycle path and was part of the Easton Arts Trail, Bristol.
2007 I successfully completed a commission for Artsreach and their Creative Footsteps project. I made ten oak log boxes which had poem machine/binoculars inside. These were placed along the Wessex Ridgeway. The poems were written by James Crowden and ten other artists/makers responded to his poems. Their work is also placed along the path. A book of the artist work with poems and photographs has been published.
2007 “Made in Bridport” a show I co-curated with Kit Glaisyer. Showing the best art in the area. Bull Hotel, Dorset.
2007 “Threshold 6x4” a postcard size show, in the Front room Gallery, Bridport. Moving to The Study gallery, Poole.
2005 “A Place of Sense” an exhibition of Interactive art. Prestongrange museum, Edinburgh.
2004 Art-village.co.uk Group Show I joined this artist website in 2002. I set up a mock studio environment with my work. So people could come in and ask questions. Held in Bridport Art Centre, Bridport, Dorset.
2003 Artoose.net Spring Show I joined this website in 2002 as well. The show was in Belsize Park, London.
2002 “Daniel Bendel-Luke Daniell” This was a joint show with Luke, who showed some excellent painting, while I showed My kaleidoscopic binoculars. Bridport Art Centre, Dorset.
2002-01 Bridport Open Studios, Bridport, Dorset.
1998-99 “Off the Shelf” These shows were about supermarket type art. I made Perspex glasses. Sherbourne House,Sherbourne Dorset.
1998 Souled Gallery Glastonbury, Somerset.
1998 Dorset Arts Weeks Open Studios Symondsbury, Dorset.
1998 “Returning Natives” A group show doing what it says on the tin. A catalogue was published, which was integrated in to the local magazine called “Return of the Native”. We exhibited in Bridport Art Centre, Dorset.
1997 Merton Arts Festival, Morden, London.
1997 “South London Collective Show” Tooting Broadway, London
1995 BA Sculpture Degree show, Wimbledon School of Art, Wimbledon, London.
1994 “Something to Look at” A show organised by young contemporary students. I showed a television based installation. Showing in Shad Thames, Butlers Wharf, London 1993 Cannizro Park Sculpture Show A chance to show site specific sculpture or just to make big sculptures. That year I Sold my first piece. I Also exhibited in 1994 and 1995. Cannizro Park, Wimbledon, London.
1992 Art and Design Foundation Show Shelly Park, Bournemouth Dorset.
1991 Sculpture on the Beach A yearly event, I made a face in sand. Dame Elizabeth Frink judged the show, and she awarded me £5 as a prize, I shook her hand. I also had my picture in the local newspaper. It took place on Eype Beach, Dorset.