Roman Fine Art is pleased to present Repeat Offender, featuring a set of unique silkscreen paintings from LA-based artist Knowledge Bennett, including work from Cojones, Marilyn, Share a Coke and Mao Trump series’. This will be his first solo show with the gallery. Please join us for opening drinks from 6pm-8pm February 24 2017 at 66 Park Place, East Hampton, NY.
Known for his unique aesthetic, employing hand-pulled printmaking techniques to explore contemporary and
historical subject matter, Bennett delves into a commentary of social and political issues using pop cultural
references. Playing upon the repetitive nature of the silkscreen painting process, Bennett references the echo of
modern production, repetition as a psychological branding tool, and the impact of intent.
Repeat Offender showcases his process by first deconstructing, then reconstructing his subjects, appropriating
recognizable imagery to educate and reveal often hidden histories behind the subjects themselves. Images of Marilyn Monroe with a bandanna scarf around her head reference the starlet’s involvement and influence in the Civil Rights movement, aiding to break the color barrier wit hin the entertainment industry. The Cojones series honors individuals who have propelled acceptance and equal rights for all, and have had the “balls” (Cojone’s meaning testicles) to insight change throughout history. Share a Coke was launched in 2015 to commemorate the centennial of the groundbreaking design of this bottle, with the intention of sharing a moment with the inspiring icons throughout history. Bennett’s 2015 series, Mao Trump was an early examination of the dangers of power, and continues to hold relevance, commenting on the current political landscape. In this series, President Donald Trump’s face is superimposed onto the head of Chinese communist revolutionary Chairman Mao, echoed across the canvas, perhaps representing a pattern and repetition of the past.
About Knowledge Bennett
Knowledge Bennett, (Asbury Park NJ Dec. 5,) is a self-taught visual artist currently based in Los Angeles, California. Fueled by his own entrepreneurial record of success in various industries, Knowledge has trained
his artistic talent through work in commercial photography and fine art studio practices. Well versed in the
rich history of the 1960’s American Pop Art Movement, Knowledge’s work displays a purposeful familiarity
yet possesses a deeper and more meaningful conceptual understanding. Immersed in modes of mechanical
reproduction he creates artworks that play to a sociological understanding of political and ideological
tensions that resonate in today's world. Recent works have been featured in numerous international art fairs
and exhibitions as well as media outlets such as Blouin Artinfo, Vogue, The New York Times, Harper’s
Bazaar, and Artsy.