BENJAMIN KING / MARCH 1 - 14, 2016
In an empty world in its last stages of an ecological collapse, there will be terrain that is invested with the parody of human psychological tension. The emotional tenor mixes a despair over the loss of "nature" as we know it, with the comedy of human imperfection.
Success in my paintings is to figuratively dance through the blockades of historical baggage attached to the idioms of "painting" and "sculpture". I make objects that both mirror and distort the way things really are; creating rough, human, truthful, beautiful, unpolished metaphors using a technology that is old as hills. (shit, mud, rocks?)
Benjamin King has had recent solo exhibitions at Arts and Leisure and Longhouse Projects in New York, and Galerie Laroche/Joncas in Montréal. He has participated in group exhibitions nationally and internationally, including ACME Los Angeles, Zurcher Studio and the Painting Center, among others. King won a fellowship from the Edward F. Albee Foundation in 2013. He also co-founded the artist group HKJB and has organized numerous group exhibitions both locally and internationally. In 2012 HKJB was included in the Exit Art and MIT press publication Alternative Histories. King's work has been written about in ART News, the Huffington Post, Nu Mode, BOMB, and the Canadian art journal Border Crossings. He received an MFA from the University of Chicago and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. King lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
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