Thursday, November 29, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
A Gathering of the Tribes Gallery )285 E 3rd St, 2nd floor) presents
“Transformations” two person show with Al Benkin and Krys Fox
Opening Reception: November 29th 2012 6p-9p, show up 11/29-12/11
Al Benkin’s found object assemblage-paintings consistently transform ordinary objects, into extraordinary visual stories that hint of the past & the temporariness of being. Benkin’s work uses personal & invented iconography inspired by the absurd comedy of life. Birds have spirit guides, the god of meat hovers in limbo understanding both the predator & the prey, contortionist’s balance on broken forks etc.
In Krys Fox’s photography, he transforms immediate, flat reality into nuances of whimsical, stylized, surreal & magical dimensions. Gloriously grotesque while simultaneously an exquisite nether-reality, the moments that Fox creates & captures tend to keep the viewer balancing delicately on the furrowed brow of intrigue & excitement which leads to maniacally laughing panic & glee.
Both Artists’ work is old school, meaning, not manipulated by any computer technology. All Fox’s special effects were hand done on his sets or in-camera effects. Finally, both artists’ congruity and kindred spirits make this a rare & seamless match that’s a fantastical and macabre playground for mature art eaters everywhere.
It will stain your brain.