Paul Stephen Benjamin
Paul Stephen Benjamin’s conceptual practice employs video, sculpture, painting and installation to surface issues of race, identity within American history. Through his multi-layered works, in which he investigates the “color black” or “the sound of black,” he supports introspection and interrogation as an entry point to explore the complexities, politics, poetics, and subjectivities of racial identity – whether stereotyped, projected, or self-identified. Benjamin’s multilayered and large-scale sculptures and video installations, incorporate history, text, and popular culture, suggesting that a cohesive message about identity is all but impossible but still worthy of exploration. Benjamin often takes as his source material from national media as a language by which to question its dominance in creating shared values, memories and stances.
Benjamin received his BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MFA from Georgia State University. Benjamin is a recent recipient of The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Working Artist Project. Benjamin was also recipient of the 2014 Artadia Award. In 2018 Benjamin has had solo exhibitions at the Jepson Center, Telfair Museums, Savannah, GA, and at the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA. In 2016 Benjamin exhibited Black is the Colorat the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA. Among his awards to date are the MOCA GA WAP, Artadia Award 2014, 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.
Benjamin's video installation ABCKL! is included at studio e.