Kristopher Benedict
TREE STREETS
April 18 - May 26, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 21, 2018 4:00 - 8:00 PM

KRISTOPHER BENEDICT

The paintings in Kristopher Benedict’s TREE STREETS take as their subject the suburban landscape and the artist’s subjective experience of it. Like the suburbs, the paintings can be characterized by constant transitions and shifting contexts. A feeling of precariousness and disconnectedness is pervasive in spite of possibly friendly and familiar trappings. TREE STREETS presents imagery (often homes, telephone poles, tree lines, strolling figures) and abstract painting structures that are constructed and dismantled throughout the painting process. The sense of dislocation that Benedict creates in the work is an apt point of entry, and is seen both as a representation of physical spaces apart from others – the city’s outskirts, the public park, and the artist’s studio, for example - and as a psychological state.

Another point of departure for the work is the genre of landscape painting, which often proposes a shared point of view between the viewer and the artist, and seeks to offer a welcoming expanse of illusionistic depth to be surveyed. TREE STREETS presents a vision of the landscape genre that does not provide this traditional entry point. Instead, these paintings look to create a dialogue between familiarity and uncertainty, as layers of paint simultaneously obscure what was previously legible and coalesce into new arrangements. 

TREE STREETS connects to the artist’s biography and find him interpreting his newfound life in suburbs in a way that is both critical and empathetic. He writes:

“I live in a suburban town outside of Philadelphia and, specifically, in a section of that town they call the tree streets. Most cities and towns have an area like this - Maple Lane, Pine Road, Beech Street. I happened to arrive at the tree streets. Like many folks who wind up living in the suburbs, it was a practical fit more than an aspiration. The idea of arriving somewhere or arriving at something is important to the paintings.”

“As I find it now, the suburban experience is dream-like and hallucinatory. I am outside of it and simultaneously in it. The place presents aesthetic pockets and disconnected leaps in time and form (just like Robert Smithson’s Passaic, NJ). It is full of competing foci and all stages of natural life and synthetic process. The lawns of the tree streets feature signs that read “Hate has no home here” as well as an occasional MAGA banner. There is an elementary school in the heart of the neighborhood and a massive retirement home that looms on its boundary. Some streets have no streetlights and walking the dogs late at night is a voyeuristic fantasy. The paintings in TREE STREETS aren’t literal depictions of these experiences, but they are connected to and derived from them.”


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. Benedict lives in Philadelphia and teaches painting at West Chester University in West Chester, Pennsylvania. 

Untitled (morning runner) Kristopher Benedict
Untitled (morning runner)
Oil, acrylic and India ink on canvas
2018
64 x 44 inches
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Kristopher Benedict
Residencies at Chestnut Hill (ecstatic view of the suburbs)
Oil, acrylic and India ink on canvas
2018
60 x 48 inches
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Kristopher Benedict
Landscape with Blue Glove
Oil, acrylic and India ink on canvas
2018
64 x 44 inches
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Kristopher Benedict
Keys to the Suburbs
Oil, acrylic and India ink on canvas
2018
60 x 48 inches
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Electric Candle Kristopher Benedict
Electric Candle
Oil, acrylic and India ink on canvas
2017
18 x 24 inches
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Untitled (doctor preps) Kristopher Benedict
Untitled (doctor preps)
Oil, acrylic and India ink on canvas
2017
68 x 54 inches
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Kristopher Benedict
Untitled (women in hats)
Oil, acrylic and India ink on canvas
2018
24 x 18 inches
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Night Walk (pink spy) Kristopher Benedict
Night Walk (pink spy)
Oil, acrylic and India ink on canvas
2018
20 x 24 inches
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Kristopher Benedict
Landscape with Potted Plant
Oil on canvas
2018
16 x 18 inches
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Kristopher Benedict
Globe with Hat
Oil on canvas
2018
18 x 16 inches
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Kristopher Benedict
Boy Playing the Flute
Oil on canvas
2018
20 x 18 inches
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