Thursday 31 March
6 – 8 pm
PALFREY is thrilled to present a wild practice – a solo exhibition by Tom Benson. The exhibition takes its title from these words of Gertrude Stein:
A practice, no practice is careless, a loud practice, no practice is silent, a wild practice, no practice perfect.
The exhibition traverses a variety of materials and media, which address a shared commitment to the activation of looking. In Benson’s words:
My work lays emphasis on the temporal and political potential of looking and is in a primary sense a meditation upon seeing. I’m interested in the manifold focus of perception that painting offers, and how its material and phenomenal qualities can be used to create a space for contemplative engagement.
Tom Benson was born in London, where he studied painting at St Martin’s School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He currently lives in London. His work has been exhibited in institutions such as ICA, London; James Hockey Gallery, Farnham; Las Vegas Art Museum, Nevada, USA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, USA; The Field Institute, Raketenstation, Insel Hombroich, Neuss, Germany; Kunstverein Oberhausen, Germany; Stiftung für Konkrete Kunst, Reutlingen, Germany; Kunstraum Alexander Bürkle, Freiburg, Germany.