Chris Crites
Untitled (Korean P.O.W)
Acrylic on paper bag
10 x 9.25 inches

Daniel Davidson
The Election (After W. Hogarth), 2008
Acrylic on canvas
18 x 24 inches

Lori Field
Fantastic Voyage
Color pencil drawing on rice paper, thread, encaustic, beeswax on panel
12 x 12 inches

Lori Field
Blissful Ignorance
Color pencil drawing on rice paper, thread, encaustic, beeswax on panel
16 x 12 inches

Laurie Lipton
Death and the Maiden
Pencil on paper
17 x 13.5 inches

Laurie Lipton
Pencil on papeR
21 x 15 3/5 inches

Chris Peters
Life Everlasting
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 inches

Judy Ragagli
Garden Party
Oil on Canvas
36 x 30 inches

Judy Ragagli
Evening Splendour
Oil on Canvas
36 x 30 inches

Val & Bob Tillery
Smoking Monkey
Mixed media
5.25 x 7.5 inches

Van Arno
Cormorants With Fish Sustain the fasting Hermit, 2008
Oil on canvas
24 x 18 inches

Val & Bob Tillery
Round About #1
Mixed media
6.25 x 4 inches

Mark Dean Veca
UNH!, 2007
Acrylic on paneL
24 x 18 inches

Eric White
Divorce Island
Oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches

Anthony Ausgang
The Mobius Strip Teas
Acrylic on canvas
24 x 47 inches

David Brinley
Hugh Stout
Acrylic on cradled birch panel
36 x 24 inches

Lou Brooks
Well, I NEVER!
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 inches

Lou Brooks
Stop, You’re Killin’ Me!
Acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 inches

Dave Calver
Tubby Torture
Colored pencil and acrylic on board
5 x 5 inches

Sam Gambino
The Potentate (Lurch)
Enamel and 23ct gold leaf on canvas
18 x 14 inches

Sam Gambino
The Eye for Style
Enamel on canvas
16 x 12 inches

Billy Reynolds
Me and My Intestines
Oil on linen
30 x 24 inches

Everett Peck
Crabcake Redux
Gouache on wood
11 x 14 inches

Andrew Foster, Snowcaps
Oil on canvas over panel
10 x 8 inches

Barnaby Whitfield
Ode to D-I-V-O-R-C-E, 2006
Pastel on paper
30 x 22 inches

Brad Benedict's Sideshow

April 5 – 26, 2008


Curated by Brad Benedict

Sideshow includes works of over 30 diverse artists who share a common attitude, the genesis of which was the "New Pop" of the mid 1980s. That attitude -- over the years described by various names such as Pop Surrealism, Lowbrow, New Brow, Underground -- has been the hallmark of a generation seeking to stimulate, to grab attention, and occasionally to shock.

These artists, now as well as then, are eclectic in their techniques, media, styles, influences and ideas. Yet they are linked by their shared faith in the power of highly personal images in an increasingly faceless society. They don't smooth over the rough corners of their subjects, these creators express their unconventional and iconoclastic visions through irony, through turning familiar dimensions of the American Dream inside out or upside down, through brash colors, through exaggeration, and very often through humor. The humor is essential. It keeps self-righteousness and pretentiousness at a minimum, while highlighting the absurdity of so much of what passes as real life.

Writing for Juxtapoz Magazine, CR Stecyk III observed, "The Sideshow is Brad's unique extravaganza, with previous incarnations launching aesthetic revolutions. Sentient beings chart those original exhibitions as being ground zero for much of what is accepted as le culture moderne. Benedict's Sideshow is treatise on the old and true augmenting the forces of the new and bold."

Brad Benedict is founder of the influential Paper Moon Graphics and creator of the retail store, Heaven: The Supermarket of Pop Culture (with a retro luncheonette that offered Robert Rauschenburgers and Claes Oldenburgers on the menu). As Juxtapoz founder Robert Williams put it, "Brad was one of the seminal alternative artists from the 1970's through the1990's. Now is the time to pay proper respect to the man."

Sideshow will be on view at ROBERT BERMAN GALLERY from April 5th – 26th, 2008. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 6pm. Opening reception will take place Saturday, April 5th from 6:30-8:30pm.