February 17, 2018 – March 17, 2018
OPENING: Saturday, February 17, 7-10 PM
Ro2 Art is proud to present Limerick, a solo exhibition featuring new works by artist Benjamin Terry. The show will run from February 17 through March 17, 2018. There will be an opening reception held Saturday, February 17, from 7-10pm at Ro2 Art located at 1501 S. Ervay Street in Dallas’ Cedars neighborhood.
In his newest body of work, Benjamin Terry draws inspiration from the poetic structure of the limerick. Known for his clever use of bright colors and bold shapes, Terry emphasizes the playful nature of his work by visually interpreting a literary device that is often considered to be humorous or even nonsensical.
Benjamin Terry lives and works in Denton, TX. He received a BFA in Drawing and Painting in 2010 and an MFA in Drawing and Painting in 2013, from the University of North Texas. He has exhibited work in numerous solo and group shows in Atlanta, Charleston, Dallas and Houston. He has exhibited work at Site131 and Ro2 Art in Dallas, and he had a solo exhibition at Art League Houston in the spring of 2017. He was featured in Volume 96 of New American Paintings: West Issue. He has received both the Clare Hart Degoyler and the Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough awards from the Dallas Museum of Art, as well as an artist grant from the Greater Denton Arts Council. He currently teaches Drawing and Painting at the University of North Texas and Tarrant County College.
I create paintings that oscillate between 2D and 3D, art object and functional object, high and low, fast and slow, smart and dumb, direct and labored. The space between is where all the exciting things happen. The strict rhyme scheme and transgressive attitude of the limerick has provided a structure for me to consider painting within the gallery space at Ro2; a study of how painting, drawing, and objects interact, create and manipulate relationships, and engage viewers. Limerick is ultimately about editing and displaying. In this exhibition, I faithfully subscribe to the 5-line (or 5-painting) AABBA formula of the limerick. It gives me the opportunity to closely examine the connections between individual paintings and installation space in an effort to create a harmonious group. To do so, I call attention to the relationship between the painting, the wall, and the floor, drawing parallels between the structure of the painting and the structure of the architecture.
OPENING: Saturday, February 17, 7-10pm
1501 S. Ervay St.
Dallas, Texas 75215