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Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain presents

Benjamin Klein
Shifter Bender Striker

May 10 - June 16, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday May 10, 5pm - 8pm
Artist in attendance

963 rue Rachel Est
Montreal QC


Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new paintings by Benjamin Klein. These new works broaden the visual language and philosophical nature of Klein’s practice. As the artist writes:

In the most recent work, dislocations of space and perspective have become more pronounced, the cast of characters broader and more allusive, and the atmosphere more animistic and otherworldly. Previously the work was concerned to remain at least a potential representation of our world, but now has become something else. Freed to represent a magical, oneiric ecosystem, it has become an image of representation itself – which may or may not philosophically be the same as reality in the full sense. I have engaged with the notion of the afterlife or the spirit world; not the actual existent one (if it does exist) as we imagine it along cultural or personal lines, but a realized metaphor for it. To the extent that there is a difference between such a metaphor and such a reality, I paint a place where the mind or the soul, which themselves can be seen as metaphors to begin with, are the figures for which their content becomes the ground.
- BK

For the complete artist’s statement and available works please consult the gallery website.

Benjamin Klein was born in Chicago and grew up in Montreal. Klein's landscape paintings depict a colourful, shadowy, and ambiguous nocturnal world of uncertain proportions and materiality. Shifting constantly in psychological as well as physical dimensions, his world is populated by anthropomorphized, animal-like characters that interact and metamorphose in fragmented scenes, fraught with semiotic and symbolic potential. He holds a BFA from Concordia University in Studio Arts, and an MFA from the University of Guelph. In 2010 he was a finalist in the RBC's National Painting Competition. He has exhibited across Canada, in the USA, the UK and Germany.

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Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain
963 rue Rachel Est
Montreal QC  H2J 2J4
514 395 6032
info@pfoac.com
www.pfoac.com
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