at Ro2 Art through February 29th
by Todd Camplin
Benjamin Terry’s solo exhibition at Ro2 shows a further development of his style and musing on
his self-portrait. Though crowed on the walls, Terry’s paintings commanded attention in thei
r muted white brush stroke that seems to cloud each painting into a misty faded world. Ro2
West Village gallery has a more salon style or close quarter hanging approach. I prefer the
more formal white cube museum style, but Ro2’s informal shows are still quite inviting.
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|I have been following Terry’s work since his time as an undergraduate. He was part of a student
show I curated at the University of North Texas in the Cora Stafford Gallery. Terry was producing
paintings of his friends. I was first hit by his process of concealing and revealing. The painting style
looked purposefully unfinished; much like a Cezanne painting, Terry allows the background
colors to peek through parts of the figure. His backgrounds used bright solid colors that were
spatially balanced with the figure.
At this current show, Terry focuses on multiple self-portraits in each painting. He has been working
like a cubist painter, capturing moments in time in one composition. Only his misty images seem
to reflect the memory of time, rather than a photographic documentation of time. This way,
time is tied up in the mind and perception. Memory is less solid and closer to a quantum
understanding of time and space. Terry is portraying himself as there/not there, much like
Schrodinger's cat. Even the blank painted out areas have the potential of Terry having