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Matthew Benedict’s Americana will open on January 26< sup>th at Alexander and Bonin. The exhibition includes several new sc ulptures juxtaposed against selected paintings from 1998 – 2013. The subjec ts of both his sculpture and paintings draw from history\, literature\, the mythic and the supernatural.

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Benedict’s object-based works of the last decade have been assembled from artifacts sourced in New England and d ate from 1860 to the present. The Terrible Old Man (2011-2012)\,< /i> a composition of glass bottles\, furniture and tar\, is based on H.P. L ovecraft’s tale of an old sea captain who communicates with the spirits of his dead shipmates whilst living thieves plot to rob him. "Silent" Still Life (2002-2012)\, a wall relief made of a desk and objects (possibly from an American Fire Department)\, recalls 19th century trompe l’oeil paintings. Blessed Be (2010) evokes cross-stitched Victorian motto samplers\, rendered in gouache on wood. The medium of gouache and the making of embroideries have been a part of Benedict’s work since 1989.

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Recent paintings allude to the settling and establishment of New Engla nd and the loss of historical objects and places in a digital culture.  Pilgrimage (2012) depicts a now lost hand-painted sign directing visitors to the Provincetown\, Massachusetts Pilgrim Monument and Museum. Where Tom Died (2012) shows a still extant corner of a Manhat tan tavern where Thomas Paine is thought to have lived his final moments in 1809.

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Born in Rockville\, CT\, Benedict lives and works in Brookly n. His work is the subject of Matthew Benedict: The Mage’s Pantry pu blished by Hatje Kantz.  His 2010 exhibition at Alexander and Bonin was Dramatis Personae\, a selection of photographs of his costumed models. Benedict was a 2011 resident at The Versailles Foundation\, Inc. /Claude Mo net\, Giverny. His works are included in the permanent collections of the F RAC de Picardie\, Amiens\, Dallas Museum of Art\, the Hammer Museum\, Los A ngeles\, the Museum of Modern Art\, New York\, San Francisco Museum of Mode rn Art and the NASA Art Program\, Washington\, DC.

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