Fletcher Benton (born February 25, 1931 Jackson, Ohio) is a kinetic artist from San Francisco, California. Fletcher Benton is known for his kinetic sculptures which are sculptures that move. Frustrated with the limitations of paint on canvas, Benton began work on movement with geometric pattern pieces and boxes which he was familiar with from his work in commercial signs. This was at the beginning of the kinetic movement, and Benton worked largely in isolation, unaware of other efforts of kinetic artists. The early works were more concerned with change, rather than movement. Full three-dimensional sculptures designed to be viewed from all angles came later and the movement of the pieces became less prevalent in his later works. In the late 1970s, he abandoned kinetic art, switching to a more traditional bronze and steel.
Tuesday, Feb 5 2013 by kjfitz