Lake Erie College alumnus Seth Benzel featured in Agora Gallery exhibition in NYC


Lake Erie College alumnus Seth Benzel ’06 is one of the featured artists in this month’s "Divergent Realities,” an inspired exhibition at the Agora Gallery in the Chelsea district of New York City. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend.

"Divergent Realities” will run from Oct. 9 and through Oct. 29, with an opening reception on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public.

In "Divergent Realities,” the viewer is transported across time, media and nations in a series of compositions that draw inspiration from every corner of the earth. From pleasant beach scenes to distant deserts, from realistic interior scenes to more abstract and surreal implications of nature and humanity, these works all come from a place of observation and keen understanding of reality and perception. Each artist expands (and, in a few cases, defines) their media in ways that enchant and entrance the viewers.

Seth Benzel’s pursuit to deconstruct his own artistic sensibilities has produced a collection of one-of-a-kind work. By pairing acrylic and oil with charcoal, ink, and pastel, Benzel’s elaborate compositions are hypnotically precise. Not to be mistaken for computer-programmed polygons, his square canvases reveal a visceral strain on the part of his subjects. His jagged perspectives, while taking inspiration from the choreography of Abstract Expressionists, do not conform to a formulaic asymmetry. The harsh moves of his colors deliver a sporting mix of chaos and grim fun. Benzel’s paintings are intricate and bright constructions that both evoke a sense of colossal mythology and modern counter-culture.

Benzel’s professional life as a thoroughbred horse trainer runs parallel to his art practice, having majored in equine science and fine arts at Lake Erie College. His close relationship with animals imbues his work with that extra sense of sincerity. A wild and instinctive thrill flows out from each painting. Viewers can’t help but feel their own aesthetic predilections crumbling alongside Benzel’s disarming brushstrokes.

In addition to Benzel, other featured artists include Susan Marx, Asta Caplan, Max Werner, Warren S. Heaton, Dominic Fonde, Maurice van Tilburg, Mituyasu Yokota, Brenda Ness-Cooper, Margaret Vega and Castro ART.

Agora Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. Established in 1984, Agora is a contemporary fine art gallery located at 530 West 25th Street in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. The gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. To learn more about Agora Gallery, visit

To view Benzel’s full art display, visit For more information on "Divergent Realities,” contact Olga Ku, gallery assistant at Agora Gallery, at

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