432 Commercial Street

Provincetown, MA 02657

phone: (508) 487-0915

Al Benkin

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  • ARTIST BIO

    Al Benkin is a painter and assemblage artist. Painting stories through Benkin's personal visual language and iconography based on life and borrowed myths are an ongoing theme in Al's work. "Happy Ghosts" a term started by her late Grandmother, painter Juanita Beenken, are up cycled objects. They all have a history, but transform having new meaning in Al's assemblages: a fork for a hand, a rusted metal piece for the body of a deity etc. Elements of animism like hair, teeth, blood, are also found in some of Benkin's work veiling it with nostalgia and evidence of time & impermanence. Recently, Al studied under Bernhard Vennekohl, a master carpenter, learning how to better manipulate wood and metal with power tools and has been jig-sawing many of her recent foundations. Benkin also has studied under painter Harry Folsom, experimenting with the old masters techniques using egg whites and natural pigments and various topcoats. There are many more stories to come."

  • SELECT EXHIBITIONS

    Selected Recent Shows

    Winter 2012 Leviticus Gallery group show Bedstuy. Brooklyn, NY

    October 2011 EastBridge "Hypnagosia" curator and participant LES NYC

    Aug 2011 Leslie Lohman Gallery. Soho, NYC

    Aug 2011 Niagara Gallery "Ghost-dreaming in NYC . curator and participant . NYC

    Feb 2011 Tribes Gallery "Nuances of Storytelling" LES, NYC

    June 2011 A.I.R. Gallery "Wish you Were Here" Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY

    May 2011 3 Eggs Studies: "3HREE" Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

    Nov 2010 "Dolls of Lisbon" Pop Up Lisbon Art Group via Antagonist Movement Lisbon, Portugal

    Sept 2010 BKV Factory's "Hue Menagerie" Curator/ participant Chelsea, NYC

    Aug 2010 Convergence NYC at the Armory Midtown, NYC

    May 2010 Feature Gallery "Free Art Show" LES, NYC

    Feb 2010 X initiative. "BYOA" Chelsea, NYC

     

    Appearances in Boutiques and Stores

    Looseworld NYC, Feb '12-Current

    Better Than Jam Brooklyn, Jan '12 - Current

    Milux Home Soho, NYC Oct '11 - Current

    Hillary Flowers Boutique LES NYC Sept '11 - Current

     

    Press, etc

    Winter 2012 Featured on Fox News 5's Butterfly Marketplace NYC

    Fall 2011 Note in Pinned NYC for Co-Curated "Hypnagosia" Art Show at East Bridge NYC

    Spring 2011 A Gathering of Tribes Magazine issue 13 NYC

    May 2010 Winner May Art Bazaar's featured artist Lyons Weir Gallery NYC

    Feb 2010 - Current Volunteer Murals for Blissful Bedrooms Bronx, NY

     

Antipodes
Antipodes meaning "opposite ends" suits my painted and assembled modern tales. These stories come from all corners and opposite reaches of my mind. I'm also inspired by Aldous Huxley's essay "Heaven and Hell" in which he talks about delving into the extreme reaches of a person's mind (antipodes), that aren't always accessible but can be reached through experimentations with diet, meditation, etc., One's magical potential; the capacity to reach the antipodes of our psyche makes Huxley's essay kindred with my visions.

 

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432 Commercial Street  |  Provincetown, MA 02657   |   (508) 487-0915

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