Bennington teaching technician and sculptor John Umphlett MFA '99 was interviewed by visual arts faculty member Jon Isherwood for the September issue of Sculpture magazine.
Writes Isherwood, "Umphlett has developed a body of work in which his own body, placed under extreme duress, is a central figure. Whether dangling over cars, somersaulting through the air, or being slowly dragged through a gallery, Umphlett relentlessly explores the limits of bodily endurance through his provocative performance pieces."
In Umphlett's 2013 exhibition "Evolving Resolution," pictured right at Bennington's Usdan Gallery, he physically connected himself to a "large, electrically charged platter."
"Endurance—for both the artist and the viewer—is central to the manufactured tension that makes these works unique."
Find the full interview here.