Sunday, August 24, 2008

Karl Benjamin at Brian Gross

When I went to see the "Birth of the Cool" show in Oakland, I fell in love with Karl Benjamin's work. I gained an even great respect for the man when I read an interview via a link that Joanne Mattera so kindly provided. His work will be at Brian Gross through September 5th so you've got about another week to see it. I'd say he is the precursor of a lot of current geometric work, including that by Joanne, Eva Lake and maybe even "our" own Chris Ashley. In any case, it's work by a smart, unique man. You really can't appreciate geometric work until you see it in person; a reproduction doesn't do justice to the colors, forms and the way they interact together. As Ms. Jancar pointed out, the location doesn't do justice to the pieces. Like Pia Stern's work, they are meant to be seen in a far less frenzied and commercial location - but having them up, even in the busy lobby of an office building - is better than not having them up at all.

At the satellite location: #1 Post St. Lobby Floor
Link to interview:


Joanne Mattera said...

Nice post, Nancy. Wish I were in SF to see the show.

Thank you for mentioning me, but let's give credit to Julie Karabenick, editor in chief of Geoform ( for the great interview with Benjamin. Julie has been a champion of geometric abstraction, and her research on it has been endlessly fruitful.

BTW, my own little color fields, installed in a grid, are at Adler and Co. Gallery, 77 Geary Street. So many connections!

namastenancy said...

Thanks for the correction; I always want to give credit where it's due! That site is a great resource and I'm still working my way through all the information on it. Is your work at Adler now?