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Fine Arts Welcomes Trudy Benson

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.

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