Home is pleased to announce we will be exhibiting work by Melbourne based artist, Guy Benfield in our ‘Melbourne Comes to Sydney’ exhibition opening during Art Month.
An artist with a prodigious creative output including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, performance and video, Benfield’s interests and activities are united by a commitment to investigating a process of evolutionary change through his art, each new project or piece growing out of a sometimes startlingly organic mutation. His works in video documents and extend performances and studio practice with an emphasis on obscure fictions.
Throughout his career as an artist, Benfield has explored the connection between the Gutai movement and abstract expressionism through performance, painting, film and video. The Gutai movement, a performance painting group which was a starting point for post-war art in Japan and had a historical connection to abstract expressionism via Pollock (who first exhibited in Japan in 1951), was a great influence for Benfield. Artists such as Yves Klein, Pollock, through to artists like Charlotte Moorman, flip the boundaries of performance, painting and the camera, and are relevant to Benfield’s practice.
Benfield has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Lisbon, New York and Brooklyn. Benfield’s work has been included in many group exhibitions including Le CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux, France; BRIX Gallerie, Berlin; Artspace Sydney, Australia; the Monkey Town Semiennial, New York and the Shanghai Biennale, China.
Benfield has received grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, Maumaus School for the Arts (Lisbon, Portugal), and Arts Victoria. His work has also been featured in publications such as Frieze, Flash Art, NYARTS Magazine, Art Review and Art World.
Pictured is Commerce and Loss, 2017, oil and oil-stick on canvas– image taken from the Minerva Gallery website.