User, 2010 -2011
Acrylic on canvas
40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm)
Ether Study (Editing Appearance), 2008
Unique digital inkjet drawing on paper
24 x 37 1/2 inches (61 x 95.3 cm)
Benjamin Edwards was born in Iowa City, Iowa in 1970, and lives and works in Washington D.C. Edwards densely detailed paintings explore contemporary society as hallucinatory and visionary landscapes, composed and layered with transparencies and shifts in figure and ground. Edwards deploys a seemingly inexhaustible dictionary of corporate identities and image branding, obtained from disparate sources, both high and low, found and invented, which are fragmented and spliced into historical designs and structures of city buildings and plans (including those never built and/or destroyed) populated with hybrid figures or ‘automatons’. Edwards has exhibited widely in the United States, Europe and Asia. His work is included in such museum collections as the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA and The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.