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Benjamin King

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Hey We’re All Deciduous Here, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 65 x 72 in
Purple Dune, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 27.25 x 34.5 in
Untitled, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 20 x 24 in
Not Exactly Happy, 2008, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 30 in
Untitled, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 14 x 14 in
Artist's Statement

These pictures seem to fail as landscapes, while succeeding as abstractions, yet inextricably remain landscapes. Or maybe they walk a line that removes them from both categories. Either way it is a world that has been chewed up and frozen. The physicality of the surface and the cartoon-like simplification of the imagery undermines seeing the work as only a landscape painting. Brushstrokes and textures mimic the feeling of nature more than they literally describe it. It is like there are two separate systems of logic at work in these paintings. One that defines it in terms of familiar symbols for winter and the landscape and another abstract logic that seems connected to an intuitive sensibility.
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2005 MFA - University of Chicago: Department of Visual Arts
2000 BFA - School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Solo Exhibitions
Dvorak Sec Contemporary, Prague, Czech Republic (upcoming)
University of Chicago, Midway Studios, Chicago, IL Conflict and Resolution

Group Exhibitions
M Wakasa Presents @ Kumukumu Gallery, New York, NY Landscape and Solitude (upcoming)
Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA Paper Awesome (upcoming)
ACME, Los Angeles, CA Seasonal Pictures
Projecx Mtl, Montreal, Canada, Brut
Dvorak Sec Contemporary, Prague, Czech Republic
ABCyz @ Silver Shed, New York, NY
Apartment Show @ Envoy Enterprises, New York, NY
The Painting Center, New York, NY 25/35
Guillermo Creus, New York, NY Fortress to Solitude
Julia Oldham, New York, NY Art Party
HKJB, New York, NY Personal Abstraction
Rogue Space, New York, NY