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James Benjamin Franklin

Loophole

Estimate:

3,000

to
- 5,000 USD

James Benjamin Franklin

James Benjamin Franklin

Loophole

Loophole

Estimate:

3,000

to
- 5,000 USD

James Benjamin Franklin

b. 1972 Tacoma, WA

Loophole


Signed and dated 2019 on verso

Acrylic, sand, fabric, and apoxie sculpt on rigid wrap

17 1/4 diameter x 2 in depth


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This piece is in good condition. A couple tiny paint abrasions in yellow area near center and at bottom, near center. 


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Courtesy of REYES | FINN

James Benjamin Franklin builds flat, shaped forms out of plaster cloth. Some of them, covered in loud patterns of bright color and epoxy and with other flat objects glued on, look like Papuan spirit boards from the future. According to the artist, "My compositions are marked by a kind of detached voyeurism. They're snapshots into the psychological interiors of the suburban mind. I attempt to inject a sense of unease into seemingly innocuous settings by pointing to the anxiety and awkwardness that lies just below the surface of my characters' humdrum lives."


Franklin's artistic influences include Shirley Jaffe, Thornton Dial, Richard Diebenkorn, Alexander Calder and Agnes Martin among others. Recent exhibitions include Whole in the Dust at Reyes (Detroit) and FRONT International, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH.