James Benjamin Franklin

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Untitled (SB_001), 2020, Acrylic, sand, fabric, glitter, and apoxie sculpt on reinforced rigid wrap, 58 x 46.25 x 1 in.
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Untitled (SB_002), 2020, Acrylic, sand, fabric, and apoxie sculpt on reinforced rigid wrap, 58.5 x 47.5 x 1.5 in.
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Untitled (SB_004), 2020, Acrylic, sand, fabric, glitter, and apoxie sculpt on reinforced rigid wrap, 25 x 22 x 1 in.
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Untitled (SB_005), 2020, Acyrlic, sand, fabric, glitter, and apoxie sculpt on reinforced rigid wrap, 15.5 x 15.5 x .5 in.
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RAO, 2019, Acrylic, fabric, sand, and apoxie sculpt on reinforced rigid wrap, 51 x 51 x 1.5 in.
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KINE, 2019, Acrylic, fabric, sand, and apoxie sculpt on reinforced rigid wrap, 91 x 91 x 2 in.
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SAPAR, 2019, Acrylic, fabric, sand, and apoxie sculpt on reinforced rigid wrap, 63.5 x 47 x 1.5 in.
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SCARS IN ARMOR, 2019, Acrylic, fabric, sand, glitter, and apoxie sculpt on reinforced rigid wrap, 57.5 x 70.5 x 1.75 in.
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MECA Art Fair, Reyes | Finn, San Juan, Puerto Rico
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Untitled, 2018, Acrylic, epoxy, and fabric collage on sealed rigid wrap 58 x 47.75 x 1.5 in.
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Untitled, 2018, Acrylic, epoxy, and fabric collage on sealed rigid wrap 58 x 46.75 x 1.5 in.
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Untitled, 2018, Acrylic, epoxy, and fabric collage on sealed rigid wrap, 58.5 x 47.5 x .75 in.
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Independent New York 2020
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Whole in the Dust Install Image, Reyes | Finn, photography by Clare Gatto
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Whole in the Dust Install Image, Reyes | Finn, photography by Clare Gatto
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James Benjamin Franklin, NADA 2018, NY
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Suspect Sentence Install Image, photography by Clare Gatto
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Suspect Sentence Install Image, photography by Clare Gatto
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Installation View, 2017

Born in Tacoma, WA, James Benjamin Franklin received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in 1999. In 2017, he received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Franklin currently lives and works in Detroit, MI, and his artistic influences include Shirley Jaffe, Thornton Dial, Richard Diebenkorn, Alexander Calder and Agnes Martin among others. Recent exhibitions include Whole in the Dust at Reyes  (Detroit) and FRONT International, The Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, OH.

 

Independent New York 2020

MECA Art Fair 2019

Chicago Invitational 2019

Whole In The Dust

Independent New York 2019

NADA New York 2018

Suspect Sentance

Something Green

 

EDUCATION

2019

The Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island, NY

2017

MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

1999

BFA, Art Center College of Design, Pasadenca, CA

1995

New York Studio School of PAinting and Sculpture, New York, NY

1994

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

Whole in the Dust, Reyes | Finn, Detroit, MI

NADA Chicago Invitational, Reyes | Finn, Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, Chicago, IL

2018

NADA New York, Reyes Projects, New York, NY 

2017

Suspect Sentence, Reyes Projects, Birmingham, MI

2013

On the Other Hand, COOP Gallery, Nashville, TN

2010

Getting There From Here, KRETS, Malmo, Sweden

2008

Sub-Tippy (North Gallery), Clemintine, New York, NY

2007

New Paintings, Mogadishni International Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, DE

2006

Ignoring the Signs, Clemintine, New York, NY

New Paintings (East Gallery), Acuna-Hansen, Los Angeles, CA

2004

Plants and Animals, Acuna-Hansen, Los Angeles, CA

General Store, Milwaukee, WI

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2020

Independent New York, Reyes | Finn, New York, NY

2019

MECA Art Fair, Reyes | Finn, San Juan, PR

Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue, PROYECTOSMONCLOVA, Mexico City, Mexico

Useless Utility, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI, Jova Lynne curator

Independent New York, Reyes | Finn, New York, NY

2018

HOMEMADE, Library Street Collective, Detroit, MI, McArthur Binion curator

Seven Samurai, Platform Project Space, Brooklyn, NY, Phil and Sue Knoll curators

Paradise, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Edgar Bryan and Adrianne Rubenstein curators

Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Cleveland Art Museum, Cleveland, OH. Michelle Grabner and Lisa Kurzner curators

Chromalicious, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, Phil and Sue Knoll curators

McArthur Binion Curates in Detroit, Hill Gallery, Birmingham, MI, McArthur Binion curator

Geometrix, Galerie Camille, Detroit, MI, Leah Cohen curator

2017

Something Green, Reyes Projects, Birmingham, MI

Brave New Work, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, Phil and Sue Knoll curators

2016

Solar Vortex, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, Phil and Sue Knoll curators

Goulding the Lolly, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York, NY, Brian Belott curator

2015

Remains To Be Seen, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, Phil and Sue Knoll curators

Oysters With Lemon, Ventana244, Brooklyn, NY, Michael Zahn curator

Melted City, Blanc Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines, Jordin Isip and Louie Cordero curators


2014

The Age of Small Things, Dodge Gallery, New York, NY. Chuck Webster curator

2013

Beach Painting Club, silent auction to benefit Smallwater, Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY, Hosted by Scott and Tyson Reeder, and New Art Dealers Alliance

Paperazzi 2, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

Draw Gym, 247365 & KnowMoreGames, Brooklyn, NY, Brian Belott curator

Milwaukeeists: 1996-2006, UW-Green Bay Lawton Gallery, Green Bay, WI, Nicholas Frank curator

2012

Permanent Collection, Nancy Margolis Gallery, New York, NY, Edward del Rosario and Jordin Isip curators

FAKES, Tomato House, Brooklyn, NY
Paperazzi, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Janet Kurnatowski curator

2011

Coming and Going: Work from the Collection of Peter Kang, New York Center for Art and Media Studies, New York, NY, Donald Johnson-Montenegro curator


Permanent Collection, Regina Rex, Brooklyn, NY
Interior Loot, Tory Folliard Gallery, Milwaukee, WI, Peter Barrickman curator

Leisureland, Maloney Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA


Summer Salt, The Proposition, New York, NY, Ingrid Dinter curator

(Darling) You Send Me..., b9 galerie, Vienna, Austria, Julie Ryan curator

Spaghetti and Beachballs, Studio D'Arte Raffaelli, Trento, Italy (cat.)

This is Water, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA


The Open Daybook, LACE, Los Angeles, CA, David P. Earle curator

2010

Casheesh Four, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA


FIAC Art Fair, Paris, France, Galerie Zürcher


Knock Knock, Needles and Pens, San Francisco, CA


Strategic Abstraction, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA


Consider The Oyster, James Graham & Sons, New York, NY, Ingrid Dinter curator

Singles, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Happily Unhappy, Blanc Compound, Mandaluyong, Philippines, Jordin Isip and Louie Cordero curators

2009

Mutant Anxiety, Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Wild Feature II, Galerie Zürcher, Paris, France, Brian Belott curator


Casheesh Two, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Wild Feature, Studio Zürcher, New York, NY, Brian Belott curator


About Face, Rio Hondo College Art Gallery, Whittier, CA, Chris Acuna curator

2008

Presents, Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007

In Full Cry, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, LA, Matt Leines and Taylor McKimens curators

Wu-Tang / Googleplex, Gavin Brown’s Passerby, New York, NY, Darren Bader curator

Phantasmania, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, Elizabeth Dunbar curator (cat.)

Poets on Painters, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS, Katie Geha curator (cat.)

Crystal Crunch, Perugi Artecontemporanea, Padova, Italy, Taylor McKimens curator

2006

Go Figure, Mogadisni International Contemporary ARt, Aarhus Denmark

2005

Mystery Meat, Future Prospects Gallery, Quezon City, Philippines, Jordin Isip curator

Let The Players Play, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA

Move #13, Clementine, New York, NY, Rich Jacobs curator
Can't See The Forest,

Sixspace, Los Angeles, CA

2004

Under the Influence, Junc Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Taste Like Chicken, Geoffrey

Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA


Chicago Art Exposition International Invitational, Chicago, IL, Acuna-Hansen
Stray

Show Art Fair, Chicago, IL,

Drunk vs. Stoned, Gavin Brown's enterprise at Passerby, New York, NY, General Store curator

Fresh Squeezed, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2003

Scope, Miami, FL, Acuna-Hansen Gallery, Stray Show Art Fair, Chicago, IL

Paintingshow, Austria Art Studio, Chicago, IL

2002

Stray Show Art Fair, Chicago, IL, Daniel Reich

Milhaus, Deluxe Projects, Chicago, IL

1999

Factory Reject, Ross Farrell Gallery, Pasadena, CA, Taylor McKimens curator


Raw Seeing: Celebrating a Decade of Alumni Exhibitions 1988-1998, New York Studio

School, NY

1998

Ways and Means, Miller Durazo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
The Experimenters, Lombard Freid Fine Arts, New York, NY, Kenny Schachter curator

1987-1997 A Skowhegan Decade, David Beitzel Gallery, New York, NY

1996

Texas Meets New York: Facing the Millennium,” the song remains the same...", Arlington Museum of Art, TX, Kenny Schachter curator

1994

10 X 10, Art Initiatives Gallery, New York, NY

AWARDS

1994

Skowhegan Fellowship