Friday, July 28, 2006
The first solo exhibition of Ben Grasso called In My Own Backyard presented by Sixtyseven gallery, shows Grasso's most recent body of work includes large-scale charcoal drawings and oil paintings. Often involving things such as aircrafts or missiles crashing upon impact or into archetypal houses, the work explores how tragic spectacles relate to modern-day sensory overload.
One cannot tell whether the work is based on true events, imagination, or both. Some disaster scenes seem physically impossible if not absurd, especially in the oil paintings, which at times are reminiscent of action movie stills or video games.