Tom Benson: a wild practice


Thursday 31 March – 16 April 2022

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. 

Swan Painting 1, 2020 – 22
paint, aluminium components, steel pins, aluminium panel
60 x 40 x 2 cm
Swan Painting 2, 2020 – 22
paint, aluminium components, steel pins, aluminium panel
60 x 40 x 2 cm
First Grid, late 1960s
wax crayon, colour pencil and magic marker on paper
work: 13.5 x 10 cm 
framed: 51 x 41 x 2 cm 
Grey Oscillation, 2017
epoxy paint on aluminium panel, steel pins
45 x 30 x 0.1 cm 
Grey Oscillation (detail), 2017
She Looks, Sees, 2019
c type print
print: 40 x 30 cm  
framed: 71 x 51 x 2 cm 
edition of 3 

photography: Damian Griffiths

© PALFREY 2022