Trudy Benson, whose paintings have been favorably reviewed in The New York Times, Artforum, and ARTnews, among others, will share insights about her craft and successful career in a special presentation hosted by the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History. This visiting artist program will take place Wednesday, March 13, 3-5 p.m., Calkins Hall, room 115.
Benson earned an MFA from the Pratt Institute and lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at Lyles & King on Manhattan’s lower East side; Team Bungalow in Venice, CA; Galerie Bernard Ceysson in Luxembourg; and Ribordy Contemporary, Geneva. Recent projects in Manhattan galleries include Spooky Action at a Distance at the Half Gallery; Shapes of Things at the Lisa Cooley Gallery on the lower East side; and Post-Analog Painting, a group show, at The Hole in NoHo.
Benson’s paintings are constructed in successive layers by a process of filtering from the back to the surface, in which the patterns overlap and intertwine. She says on her website: “One of the reasons I fell in love with painting was the sensation of walking into a room and being able to smell the paint. Surface is so important to me for the same reason: There is a physical presence that is immediately apparent when you are actually in a space with a painting. I also enjoy using colors and color combinations that can’t quite be photographed the same way that our eyes see the color IRL [in real life]. It’s almost a fetish to have so many sensory qualities in an essentially 2-D object, especially these days when almost anything can be experienced virtually.”
For more information call the Department of Fine Arts, Design, Art History at 516-463-5474.