Work by Kim Benson
Work by Kim Benson

Faculty member Kim Benson is showing new paintings at Hair and Nails Gallery in a solo show titled Hell Daisy.

These abstract works of oil paint on canvas reveal Benson’s imagination, research, deft hand, and daily dedication over two years. Skeptical of “brush in hand” painting, Benson employs a dizzying array of tools and techniques to build up, remove, build up, remove paint en route to solving the puzzle of each canvas. Paint is squished through lace, scraped off with sanders, nudged with trowels and knives, and corralled by automotive masking tape and homemade stencils.

Benson’s process obsesses with disorder, decay, beauty, transformation. The trippy swirls and chunky, gooey, lacy topography of Benson’s paintings are gorgeously depicted in the video work Molt (2020) made in collaboration with artist Lee Noble ’20, MFA, that will premiere as part of this exhibition. The film gives a special glimpse into Benson’s South Minneapolis home studio, evidencing an artist who eats-breathes-sleeps painting.

Hell Daisy
On view through November 1
Hair and Nails Gallery (Minneapolis)
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 3, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

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