Paul Stephen Benjamin: God Bless America
September 17 to October 29
opening reception: Saturday, September 17 at 6pm
In a new 64-monitor, 3-channel video installation titled God Bless America, Benjamin addresses the manifold expressions of black identity in video installation, paintings, drawings, sculpture, and mixed media works. In formally beautiful works, Benjamin invites the view to consider the impossibility of any singular expression of blackness while drawing on historical cultural representations.
This exhibition is in conjunction with ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY.
Benjamin was the recipient of an ARTADIA award in 2014. Feb-April 2016 Benjamin exhibited his solo exhibition Come Over at The Mayors Office of Cultural Affairs Gallery 72 in downtown Atlanta, GA. His work has been on exhibit at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center in the Exquisite Corpse and the Coloring exhibitions. He was also featured in the group exhibition Emerging Artist Award Winners 15th Year Retrospective Exhibition at The Swan Coach House. Among his awards to date are the Winnie B. Chandler Fellowship, Diasporal Rhythms Artists Recognition Award, Hambidge Fellowship, The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center Studio Program and the Forward Arts Emerging Artists Award. Congratulations to Poem 88 artist Paul Stephen Benjamin, recent recipient of a Working Artist Project Fellowship (2017) at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA-Ga).