Small Talk, 2013 , Graphite and Insulation on Panel, 32 x 24"
In the end, my work boils down to knowing what my goals are and being aware of what I value most. I’m interested in narrative. I’m interested in things that seem slightly off, whether that is a shape, a line, a gaze, an interaction, a surface material, a gesture or a color. I’m interested in little lies, big lies, specificity and vagueness. I’m interested in the way intuitive, abstract marks and shapes affect a representational image.I’m interested in editing. I’m interested in the color white. I’m interested in perfect craft. I’m interested in the psychology of love and hate. I’m interested in sloppy craft. I’m interested in loud, large marks, and quiet, subtle variations of color. Whether or not I construct strict conceptual guidelines for myself, my work will always be a conglomeration of my interests, and I’ll continue to move forward from each successive piece I make.
Dirt and Dust (left) and Hand to Hold (right), 2012, Mixed Media on Panel , 32 x 24" each
Benjamin Terry lives and works in Denton, Texas. He will be receiving his MFA from the University of North Texas in May 2013, where he also completed his BFA in Drawing and Painting. He's had solo exhibitions in Houston at Box13 Artspace and in Dallas at 500x, Art Corridor Gallery at Tarrant County College, Ro2 Art, and Cohn Drennan Contemporary. He's also been included in numerous group and juried shows throughout Texas. Terry was included in New American Paintings Vol, 96, West Issue and received the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Award from the Dallas Museum of Art in 2012.