Paul Stephen Benjamin: God Bless America
September 17 to October 29
opening reception: Saturday, September 17 at 6pm
Paul Stephen Benjamin, in this most recent iteration of God Bless America, very directly speaks to the complex problem of patriotism for many African Americans who, despite years of progress for civil rights, are presently caught in the cross-hairs of a seemingly purposeful war against them.
Comprising four video monitors broadcasting video samples of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, singing the phrase “God Bless America, My Home Sweet Home,” and accompanied by the back-up vocals of Lil Wayne, the installation supports another sixty-five monitors that display strobing or flickering red, white and blue lights arranged into three ziggurats filling the gallery space.
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).