Ruth Bachofner Gallery is pleased to present With All Available Haste, an exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Benjamin Britton. There will be a reception for the artist on Saturday, January 9, 5-7 PM.
In his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Benjamin Britton negotiates illusionistic and abstract forces in a series of oil paintings and watercolors that reference personal and historic events. The canvases hold an eruption of brushwork that ranges from loose gesture to diaphanous washes to tightly controlled executions. Ambiguous narratives interweave luscious movements of paint that simultaneously suggest textile, patterning, figuration and landscape. Collisions of opposing forces pervade the frenzied canvases as optimistic reverie yields to unsettling, pending cataclysm.
“I am interested in how paintings veil and reveal what can be seen,” the artist states. “When I paint, I look for specific information about an abstract but climactic event. My subjects are derived from personal strategies of picture-making including recollection of specific peak events, ecstatic moments, fantasies, and landscapes combined with issues of national identity, mythology, and the collapse of those identities and myths...I see the frenetic quality of the paintings as a bedazzled destructive force acting through romantic ideas that can be individual, historical or global.”
Benjamin Britton received his MFA from UCLA in 2008 and his BFA from School of Visual Arts in New York. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.