Over the last few years, my paintings have become more site-specific and hybrid in nature. I’m interested in the relationship between the paintings, the space they occupy, and how people approach them. This acknowledgement of painting as a three-dimensional object within a space, rather than a two-dimensional surface has continuously give me a platform to explore painting. More recently, however, my desire to tell a story and consider narrative has become an increasingly more important factor in the production of exhibitions. I’ll always be concerned with the dialogue surrounding expanded modes of painting, but I’m finding new ways to engage those issues through narrative.
“A Romantic Gesture” is a response to the long distance relationship my fiancé and I have endured over the last year. It is a love letter to my partner. Much of the paintings are a continuation of formal explorations I have pursued since graduate school, but with a much closer connection to the patterns, fabrics, materials, and architectural details associated with the planning of our wedding and dream home—a meditation on our future and a physical manifestation of our aspirations together. The overwhelming sentimentality of the content guiding the work is not lost on me. By acknowledging this sentimentality with over-the-top, site-specific elements including: elaborate floral wallpaper throughout the gallery space, a vase with a single rose, a little bit of candle light, and various other dramatic flourishes, I want to inject some levity and self-deprecation into an otherwise romantic laden exhibition, and provide an entry point into my personal relationship.
Benjamin Terry lives and works in Dallas, TX. He received an MFA in Drawing and Painting in 2013, from the University of North Texas. He has exhibited work in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the country including Atlanta, Baltimore, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Dallas, and Houston. He recently had solo exhibitions at Art League Houston, Ro2 Art, and Guerrero-Projects. Terry was an artist-in-resident at The Maple Terrace in Brooklyn in the spring of 2018. Curatorial work has become an integral part of his practice with exhibitions curated at Kirk Hopper Fine Arts (Dallas), Circuit12 Contemporary (Dallas), and Texas Woman’s University (Denton) in 2017. He was featured in volume 96 and 132 of New American Paintings, and has received both the Clare Hart Degoyler and the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough awards from the Dallas Museum of Art. He is currently a Professor of Practice at the University of Texas Arlington.