Benjamin Kress
American, born 1976

Benjamin Kress creates uncanny human forms to consider notions of self, mortality, and transformation. His use of masks, whether in paintings, presented as sculpture, or worn by the artist himself, considers the existential questions loaded in their generic and idealized faces, which he places in eerie, often vacant emvironments. The painting Linda in Bed (2011) is a self-portrait of Kress wearing a wig and female mask, a disturbing invocation of dissonance meant to question surface assumptions about identity, particularly as presented in pictures.

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