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try as we might

The exhibition, Try As We Might, is a new body of work from Benjamin’s time in residency at SSW. The work is a continuation of his practice as a study of the references shared by artists and tradesmen, having grown up working with his father. Looking at the materials historically valued within the arts, such as granite or bronze, Benjamin explores how they translate into domestic contexts, for example granite worktops on pre-fabricated melamine units, and then back into an arts language. His work juxtaposes these materials and the shared trade references with works such as granite placed on carpet tiles, cast bronze on high glossed MDF and abstract objects created within standard trade dimensions.”

Emily Gray, SSW, December 2012

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