Trudy Benson


Trudy Benson


Trudy Benson (born 1985 in Richmond, Virginia) lives and works in New York. She received her MFA from the Pratt Institute (New York) and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond). Previous solo exhibitions include Loyal (Stockholm), Ceysson & Bénétière (Paris), Ribordy Thetaz (Geneva), Team Bungalow (Los Angeles), Lyles & King (New York), Half Gallery (New York), The Hole (New York) and Dio Horia (Mykonos). Her work is in the collections of Susan and Michael Hort (New York), Beth Rudin DeWoody (New York), Aishti Foundation (Beirut), Saatchi Gallery (London), Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Arts (Peekskill), among others.

Trudy Benson’s painterly layers continuously redefine themselves, redefine their own bounds: Even as they prod at the aesthetics of organisational logics— networks, sequences, grid—they remain in good-humoured flux. But as Benson arranges her sloppy tables and squares, taping lines and masking sections of canvas to create depth, disarray, dizzy dynamism, it is not only the sparring layers that come into focus. Instead, we glimpse the very act of painterly layering: that which establishes a perspectival hierarchy so as to determine the manner in which we interact with (and interpret) images.

Benson’s paintings are often discussed in relation to the ‘digital turn’: the recent moment at which contemporary painters began interacting with digital vocabularies and emerging methods of technological production. In certain ways, the alignment holds: Benson has described her early works as ‘still lives of digital programs’, and her aesthetic surely mimics that of elementary image manipulation programs. In a certain light, the loose interconnectedness of her compositions could also allude to the transitory logic of digital space, while her lither gestural marks are reminiscent of those left by fingers on screens: ghostly smudges that sit somewhere between intent, expression and abstraction of the self.

Solo Exhibitions

Join, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Cuts, Paints, team(bungalow), Venice, USA
Closer Than They Appear, Lyles & King, New York, USA
Infinite Spiral, Dio Horia, Mykonos, Greece

TT52, with Yann Gerstberger, Lyles & King, New York, USA
Garden in motion, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris, France
Ribordy contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland

Comsicomics, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg
Spooky Action at a Distance, Half Gallery, New York

With Russell Tyler, Retrospective Gallery, Hudson, USA
Shapes of Things, Lisa Cooley Gallery, New York, USA
With Russell Tyler, East Hampton Shed, East Hampton, USA

PAINT, Horton Gallery, New York, USA

Actual/Virtual, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York,USA

Space Jam, Freight + Volume, New York, USA

Group Exhibitions

100!, Loyal Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Rise, RIBORDY THETAZ, Geneva, Switzerland
Le ciel, l’eau, les dauphins, la vierge, les flics, le sang des nobles, l’ONU, l’Europe, les casques bleus, Facebook, Twitter, Forde, Geneva, Switzerland

Set Adrift on Memory Bliss, Pablo’s Birthday, New York, USA

10 Years in Luxembourg, Ceysson & Bénétière, Wandhaff, Luxembourg
MOONDOG, East Hampton Shed, East Hampton, USA

Come as You Are, Galerie Antoine Ertaskiran, Montreal, USA
Post Analog Painting II, The Hole, New York, USA
Unobstructed Views, Hawkins Ferry House, Grosse Point Shores, USA
Pro forma : context and meaning in Abstraction, curated by Vittorio Colaizzi, Work Release, Norfolk, USA

Bodacioussss, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, USA
Re-Planetizer, Regina Rex, New York, USA
Splotch, Sperone Westwater, New York, USA
The City & The City, Denny Gallery, New York, USA
Non Figuration - un regain d’Intérêt?, Centre d’art, Meymac, France
9999, The Fireplace Project, East Hampton, USA
Image Tech: Making Pictures in a Post-Digital Age,curated by Mauro Zamora,The Art Gallery, College of New Jersey, Ewing, USA

PaintersNYC, Páramo, Guadalajara ; Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños, Oaxaca, Mexico
Feed the Meter, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Wandhaff, Luxembourg
Let’s Go Away for A while, curated by Erik den Breejen and Maria Calandra, One Mile Gallery, Kingston, USA
Swingers WKND,curated by Tribble & Mancenido, Brooklyn, USA
Anti-Fair, Harper’s Books popup ,Carlyle Hotel, New York, USA
Post-Analog Painting, The Hole, New York, USA

Go With the Flow, The Hole, New York, USA
Sunscreen, James Graham & Sons, New York, USA
Abstract America Today, Saatchi Gallery, London, United Kingdom
OK Great Thanks This Is So Ridiculous, ACME, LA ; DCKT, New York, USA
This One’s Optimistic: Pincushion, New Britain Museum of Art, New Britain, USA
Material Images, Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, USA
The Last Brucennial, Bruce High Quality Foundation, New York, USA

Merge Visible, Horton Gallery, New York, USA
SPLAZITCH, Side Effects Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
Paint On, Paint Off, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, USA
Windows, Denny Gallery, New York, USA
XSTRACTION, The Hole, New York, USA
Paradox Maintenance Technicians, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, USA

Aggro Crag, Bosi Contemporary, New York, USA
Where My Cones At?, curated by Ryan Travis Christian, Double Break, San Diego, USA
Pratt Alumni Painters, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, USA
Spindles, curated by Adam Mignanelli, Kinfolk Studios, Brooklyn, USA
WET WET, curated by the BLAAAHg, Brooklyn, USA
Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation New Acquisitions and Prints, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, USA
Idealizing the Imaginary: Illusion and Invention in Contemporary Painting, Oakland University Art Gallery, Rochester, USA

Behind the Green Door, DNA Gallery, Provincetown, USA
Pratt MFA Exhibition, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, New York, NY

Fervor, Edward Thorp Gallery, New York, USA
Down Below It’s Chaos, ArtJail, New York, USA
A Piece, LABA Artists’ Space,14th Street Y, New York, USA

Refinement, Aswoon Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
Studio 23 Presents LOL the CommandP BFF 4EVA Portfolio, Transmission Gallery, Richmond, USA
Transmission Introduces Studio 23, Transmission Gallery, Richmond, USA

24/7 Fire in the Hole, Plant Zero Art Center, Richmond, USA