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About The Work

View Benjamin's Artist CV/resume here.

Statement

Benjamin is deeply interested in the visually communicated production of tangible, acting theories of knowledge. The ineffable and the metaphysical inform his compositions, while a certain realism injects narrative into non-objective scenarios. The result is something in-between abstraction and depiction that redefines how we perceive reality.

"Inner motivation comes from growing up surrounded by philosophy, dichotomic struggle, religion, philology, and a love of history- all having been pivotal in my life. I keep my eyes open, get outdoors whenever I can, and try to initiate new conversations with the world each day. Anything that wakes me up and allows me to see further, to feel alive, will help me to to produce.

Artists who have been an influence to me, who have taught me something about what art is and can be, include process based artists and abstract landscape painters-  Wade Guyton, Annie Lapin, Callum Innes, Theaster Gates, Nathan Hylden, Trudy Benson… the list goes on. These artists emphasize a kind of contemporary metaphor, where something needs solving, though sometimes not in any straight-forward fashion.

I work towards increasing my community and interaction with artists, producing work beyond my current capability, and showing my work in meaningful places. I’m not interested in the artist life that is a hill. I want to continue to climb, even if I only get a tiny step higher each day.