About The Work
View Benjamin's Artist CV/resume here.
With a background in the arts and philosophy, I am deeply interested in the use of art as tangible, acting theories of knowledge. Specifically focused on epistemic inquiry, I seek to define wordless concepts through the visually communicated medium of paint. Through inventions of process and the development of subconscious imagery, my work acts to piggyback narrative spaces into typically non-objective abstract scenarios. The result is something in-between abstraction and depiction that can initiate an experience of self reflection and redefinition. This kind of painting is to me, is an alternative way to discuss the metaphysical, a language that can dig down into a deeper level of the human psyche.
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.