My paintings are informed by architecture and landscape found in the everyday. I build my paintings using a cut and paste collage method. Paint is poured onto a glass table. It dries and is cut into shapes, and collaged to create the forms and structures in my work. I am interested in the mimetic relationship between the architectural subjects in the paintings and the process in which they are produced. I’m interested in how this construction process allows in a painting vocabulary an exploration of unexamined things.
Erik Benson Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY Education: 2001 Rhode Island School of Design, MFA Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 1996 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, BFA Solo Exhibitions: 2007 Finesilver Gallery, Houston, TX 2006 Elsewhere, Roebling Hall, New York, NY 2005 Galerie Schuster-Schuerman, Berlin, Germany Group Exhibitions (selected): 2009 Commune, Black and White Gallery, New York, NY Tenerife Biannual, Canary Islands 2008 Future Tense, Reshaping the Landscape, Newberger Museum, Purchase, NY 2004 Suburbicarian, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA City Maps, Curated by Kate Green, Art Pace, San Antonio, TX Awards and Honors: 2008 NYFA Painting Fellow Marie Walsh Sharpe Studio Program 2005 Participating Artist in the Artist Pension Trust