Guy Benfield, Night Store
Drawing on tropes of modernism, faux ceramics, sculpture, painting, collage, and references to alternative collectives, Benfield transforms the architecture of space from tidy white-box gallery to pottery showroom, to artist studio, and eventually overcrowded storage space. Through various situational episodes in this non-stop evolution, Benfield explores the relation between current artistic practice and supposedly defunct strains in performance including ritual, transcendency, and live-action painting. Imagining the “trauma of pottery” as an expressionist dialogue, Benfield considers the space of the storefront as a kiln in which failure and unpredictable success commingle while pretense is burned away.
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