BLACK SITES I
Black Site I, a photography exhibit featuring the latest works of Ron Binks, includes a sequence of images dedicated to persons abused, mishandled, tortured or murdered by governments in the twentieth and twenty-first century.
The photographs were made at public commemorative sites in Berlin, Germany spring 2009, assembled and digitally printed in series.
About the Artist:
Ron Binks was born in Oak Park, Illinois. He attended the Rhode Island School of Design on a National Scholastic High School Scholarship. Summer studies included photography with Minor White and Beaumont Newhall at the George Eastman House and fellowships to the Cummington School of the Arts and the Robert Flaherty Foundation.
After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from RISD he received a Fulbright –Hays grant to study at the Hochschule für bildende Künste in Berlin Germany which was renewed for a second year. He returned to the United States and Yale University where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree and had the opportunity to work with Rico Lebrun, Josef Albers, Herbert Matter, Norman Ives and Paul Rudolph. After Yale he was awarded the Rome Prize and returned to Europe for two years as a fellow in painting at the American Academy in Rome.
He taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, where he established the degree program in Film. He currently is Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
He has exhibited paintings, drawings and photographs in galleries and museums in the United States, Europe and Latin America and is represented in numerous private and public collections, including the Ammon Carter Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Museum of West Texas, the Roslyn Museum of Art, Del Mar College, Yale University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio, He has been published in Art in America , Art News , and Aperture and is on the advisory board of Photographers Forum.
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