Gardner’s studio work reflects his research in subjects like superstition, divination, folk traditions, various religions, and how these ideas relate to our identity and understanding of our current cultural existence. Even though his work often involves the investigation of numerology, mandalas, and constellations, his making process employs paint and actual objects from nature such as twigs, leaves and branches.
Benjamin Gardner teaches drawing at Drake University. He received his MFA from Illinois State University and BFA from Millikin University. Gardner has had recent solo exhibitions at FLUXX gallery in Des Moines, Iowa; Heavy Brow Gallery in Bloomington, Illinois; and Morton College in Cicero, Illinois. Additionally, he has had work shown at Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Swell Gallery in West Dundee, Illinois; the Contemporary Art Center in Las Vegas and the Des Moines Art Center in the exhibition Iowa Artists 2010. Gardner also teaches courses within the Honors Program at Drake.