Kristopher Benedict: Into the Mountains

September 10th, 2010

Reception September 10, 2010 / 6-8pm
Second Saturday September 11, 2010 / 7-10pm

On view through October 2, 2011

Gallery Diet will begin the new season in a freshly renovated and expanded 3,500 square foot space with a solo exhibition by Kristopher Benedict. In his work, Benedict has posited the idea of the painter as a kind of archetypical recluse, intending the paintings to bear out the contradictory relationship of the solitary hermetic artist verses the artist’s need for social intercourse and connection with the community. Much of Benedict’s work can be seen as an exploration of the act of representation, as the paintings fluidly range from figuration to abstraction with many stops in between.  Particular to Into the Mountains is a take on abstraction’s often-stated connection to music.  Sighting works from Mondrian’s “Broadway Boogie Woogie” to Albert Oehlen’s “Mel” and “Vins”, Benedict plays with painting’s potential for synesthesia and the intersection of sound, color and form. The paintings in this exhibition present a complex relationship between what is represented in the paintings and how they are being represented, between the image and the materiality.

Kristopher exhibited at Diet in a two person exhibition alongside Peter LaBier in 2009, he graduated from Columbia University’s MFA program in 2002 and has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions including After Matisse/Picasso at P.S.1/MOMA Contemporary Art Center, New York and Audacity in Art at the Orlando Museum of Art, Florida where his works are included in the permanent collection.

Gallery Diet is a contemporary art gallery located in the Wynwood District of Miami, Florida where it has existed since 2007. The gallery has produced over 25 solo and group exhibitions by new and emerging artists from around the world and has documented those exhibitions in hard cover print on a yearly basis. Represented artists include Charley Friedman, Christy Gast, Richard Höglund, Abby Manock, and Daniel Milewski.

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