CAA Arts Access- Kristopher Benedict: Tree Streets

CAA Arts Access- Kristopher Benedict: Tree Streets

Date and time 
Apr 21, 2018 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Exhibition, Tour
Visual Arts
Event type 
Arts Access Event
Alumni Artist Event


David Richard Gallery
211 East 121st Street
New York, NY 10035
United States

Join CAA Arts Access on Saturday, April 21, 2018 for the opening exhibition of Tree Streets, a solo exhibition featuring Kristopher Benedict '02SOA and our host Ian Cofre '03CC, CAA Arts Access Committee member at David Richard Gallery in Harlem.

David Richard Gallery presents Tree Streets, featuring works by Philadelphia-based artist Kristopher Benedict. Benedict returns to New York City after over 5 years since his last exhibition Remake at Sue Scott Gallery in 2011. On view at the gallery will be several new figural and landscape paintings created in Benedict's signature abstract style.

Artist Statement

My paintings are records of transformation. The structures and images present in the paintings are perpetually constructed and dismantled. Inside the individual paintings I am pivoting, creating contextual changes and inconsistencies. Together these elements result in a sense of dislocation.The paintings operate fluidly between conventions of abstraction and representation. I find gratification in discovering contradictions and ambiguities in painting. Can an element of a painting – the sense of pictorial space or the represented image, for example – act as a point of entry for the viewer and simultaneously be obscured or altered from the expected function? Can a painting suggest an awkward sense of familiarity yet be filled with formal dissonance or noise to the point of near collapse? Themes of belief, community, and isolation recur in my work. If the primary impulse is one of searching, the site of that search is populated by histories, images, and archetypes that are chosen as much for their personal resonance to me as their commentary on the role of the artist or the practice of painting. The genre of landscape, with its openness to formal invention and mutable relationship to ideology, has occupied a central place in my work for many years. Particular images also tend to reappear, such as the hermit, the yoga practitioner, the boarded up house, the TV dad, the suburban street scene, music inspired abstraction, and oblique references to the studio. Importantly, color is the element of painting that most often serves as the initial point of departure and the bearer of the painting’s emotional or psychological content.

About Kristopher Benedict

Kristopher Benedict's work has been exhibited in solo shows at Sue Scott Gallery in New York, Gallery Diet (now Nina Johnson) in Miami, Paris London Hong Kong in Chicago, Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Philadelphia, and the Goodyear Gallery at Dickinson College among other venues. Group exhibitions include those at the David Petersen Gallery in Minneapolis, CTRL gallery in Houston, the University of Florida, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and the Orlando Museum of Art. His work is in the public collections of the RISD Museum, Flint Institute of Arts, and The Orlando Museum of Art. He holds a BFA from The Cooper Union, and an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts. He lives in Philadelphia and teaches painting at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Visit the artist's site here.