Tristian Koenig is currently exhibiting Performance Wear - a solo exhibition of new paintings by the Perth-born and LA-based artist Benjamin Barretto. Working across installation, painting and sculpture, Barretto is known for a practice that combines process-based production with subtle interventions by the artist including looping, feedback and the manipulation of chance.
Barretto’s paintings are a curious blend of procedural abstraction, with the addition of gestural mark-making. These seemingly oppositional modes of practice - one that seeks to remove the presence of the artist, while the other ratifies their unique presence, sit together favourably. This is due, in part, to Barretto’s seamless merging of of the aesthetics of the monochrome with its expressionistic antithesis, with the resulting works appearing to be both singular and a curious hybridity.
Benjamin Barreto - Performance Wear
Cristian Koenig, February 3 - 27