Jesse Benson (b. 1978) is an artist based in Los Angeles. Benson's complex practice is driven by the perversion of roles and representation that characterize his generational moment. In obsessively "skillful" objects like the Bureau Paintings, Catalog Page Paintings, Future Sculptures, and Repaintings, Benson constantly questions the authenticity of the document, the function of style, and the value of both art and artist. Benson is equally committed to a curatorial/organizational practice that openly overlaps and inspires his object production. Among his most notable organizational projects are the Delusionarium exhibition series (begun in 2004), and the series of artist-on-artist critical writing journals The Benefit of Friends Collected (begun in 2013). He is also a founding member of the Los Angeles-based group Assembly®. Benson has exhibited internationally. His first exhibition with Los Angeles gallery Michael Benevento was recently reviewed by Christopher Knight in the L.A. Times and appeared in Mousse, Cura, and Contemporary Art Daily.
Image: Jesse Benson
Bureau Painting 8, 2015
Oil on panel in copper-plated aluminum frame
10 x 15 inches