Undergraduate Fine Arts and Design

Tom Bendsten

Tom Bendsten


Tom Bendtsen was born in Copenhagen Denmark, raised in Canada. He did his undergraduate work at OCAD in Toronto, before completing an MFA at SUNY Buffalo in 2003.  He has exhibited his works at the Albright-Knox gallery in Buffalo, N.Y.,Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton N.J., Southern Alberta Art gallery in Lethbridge, The Rooms in St Johns NFLD, OpenSpace in Victoria B.C. Canada.  He has also exhibited at the Koffler Gallery, Mercer Union, and has contributed to a variety of self generated exhibitions in the Toronto area. He was a featured artist at Toronto’s 2008 Nuit Blanche and 2009 Luminato festivals of contemporary art. His films have been widely screened in Europe, Canada and the USA. He has also received grants from the Toronto; Ontario and Canada council for the Arts and in 2006 was awarded a Chalmers Art Fellowship.  He is currently lives and works in Philadelphia.

  • Argument #6(b)

    2002, 3,000 books. Height 14 ft.
  • Onward #3

    2005, Refrigeration with water, Height 10 ft.
  • Rivers of White

    2000 to present. Gaps between words create images. Found.
  • Argument #4(c).

    2005, 12,000 stacked books. Height 16 ft.
  • Argument #4(c)

    2005, interior view. Mechanical bird squawks down at viewer. Books used as pixels.
  • Argument #4(c)

    2005, interior. Mechanical bird.
  • Terminal #3

    2006, drawing with photo transfer. 4“x 6”.
  • Bookhawk

    2006 Site-specific work at University of Toronto. Book swoops down at viewers as they walk by.