New exhibition with artists Magnolia Laurie and Jon Bobby Benjamin opens at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Artists Jon Bobby Benjamin and Magnolia LaurieArtists Jon Bobby Benjamin and Magnolia Laurie

A NEW TWO-PERSON exhibition with artists Magnolia Laurie “holding up,” and Jon Bobby Benjamin “going home” opened at Hamiltonian Gallery on U Street, N.W. in Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening, Dec. 11, 2010.

BOTH LAURIE AND BENJAMIN have employed the politics of place, each highlighting the debris of our throw-away culture, breathing new life into the idle spaces and objects which surround us in an ever-expanding field.

Mark Braswell, Hamiltonian Gallery Director Jacqueline Ionita, Elena Ionita and Josh WarmackMark Braswell, Hamiltonian Gallery Director Jacqueline Ionita, Elena Ionita and Josh Warmack

IN HER NEW series, “holding up,” Ms. Laurie illustrates geometric structures that depict cumulated residual heaps of natural and man-made materials that remain after a storm. Seemingly disordered, her paintings are composed of architectural elements that suggest the engineering of Buckminster Fuller’s Dymaxion as well as the intricate weaving of bird nests. These delicate, precarious systems in Magnolia Laurie’s paintings speak of endurance, survival, the activity of dwelling and “making-do.”

Photographer Elen AwalomPhotographer Elen Awalom

JON BOBBY Benjamin’s new work, going home, reflects his physical exploration of the natural world. Mr. Benjamin creates sculptural amalgamations of familiar industrial materials and found maritime objects. Consisting of buoys, docks, channel markers, and tide bells, Benjamin creates systems that are seemingly inaccessible and unreadable. These irrational arrangements distill a sense of timelessness, placeless-ness and solitude.

Artist Carolina Mayorga and Craig GarrettArtist Carolina Mayorga and Craig Garrett

The exhibition will go on until January 15, 2011. Hamiltonian Gallery is located at 1353 U Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009. Tel. 202-332-1116. For more information: www.hamiltoniangallery.com.

Painting by Magnolia LauriePainting by Magnolia Laurie

Artwork by Jon Bobby BenjaminArtwork by Jon Bobby Benjamin

Painting by Magnolia LauriePainting by Magnolia Laurie

Artwork by Jon Bobby BenjaminArtwork by Jon Bobby Benjamin 

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