Benjamin draws in thick black lines youd expect to find in a woodcut or graphic novel. His compositions reveal a world in constant overflow with architectural marvels, with Americana, with commercialism, Orientalism, spirituality, gentrification, the ocean his works teem with potential stories, from jumbled histories to mysterious recent events. See a bike left propped up against a wall, a rubber ring sailing on the sea, clothes hung up to dry between windows and it seems possible that the inhabitants have just stepped out of sight, like in a western or samurai film just before the climactic battle. This conspicuous absence gives even the most extreme and lively environments in Bens work a stillness and sense of peace.
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