Erik Benson is a painter working in Brooklyn, whose work deals with urban landscapes. He builds his paintings through a collage method depicting the constructed contents in his images. These paintings often portray unnoticed glimpses and moments found in the everyday urban architectural landscape.
2001 Rhode Island School of Design, MFA Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture 1996 Minneapolis College of Art and Design, BFA
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.
Solo Exhibitions: 2007 Finesilver Gallery, Houston, TX 2006 Elsewhere, Roebling Hall, New York, NY 2005 Galerie Schuster-Schuerman, Berlin, Germany 2004 Dwell, RARE, New York, NY Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany 2003 Perfect Memory, Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio, Texas New Paintings, RARE, New York, NY Group Exhibitions: 2010 Lush Life, curated by Franklin Evans and Omar Lopez-Chahoud, Salon 94, New York, NY Utopia/Dystopia, Storefront Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Domestic City, organized by Vine Contario and Nichole van Beek, Kid Yellan, Brooklyn, NY Future Tense: Landscape in Transition, curated by Dede Young, Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, New York, NY Skeptical Landscapes, Herter Gallery, UMass, Amherst, MA 2009 Re-accession: For Sale by Owner, curated by Philae Knight and Amanda Steck, Flag Art Foundation, New York, NY Commune, curated by Dominique Nahas, Black and White Gallery, New York, NY In This World, Holster Projects, London, UK Artificial Realities, Black and White Gallery, New York, NY Tenerife Biannual, Canary Islands 2008 Lost Horizon, curated by David Gibson Herter Gallery, UMass Amherst Future Tense, Reshaping the Landscape, Newberger Museum, Purchase, NY All Cut Up, curated by Rita de alencar Pinto, Roebling Hall, New York, NY 2007 Reality Show 2, Peninsula Arts Center, Newport News, VA 2005 Built Against Site, Paragraph, Kansas City, MO W asteland: 21st Century Landscape, Roebling Hall, Brooklyn, NY Everland, Annina Nosei Gallery, New York, NY 2004 Suburbicarian, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica, CA Void, curated by David Gibson City Maps, Curated by Kate Green, Art Pace, San Antonio, TX Symbolic Space, HVCCA, Peekskill, NY Works on Paper, RARE, New York, NY 2003 Street Level, CCS Gallery @Bard College, Annendale on the Hudson, NY 2002 AIM Annual Exhibition, Bronx Museum, Bronx, NY 2001 Thesis Exhibition, RISD Museum, Providence, RI