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Double Bluff I Painting

Benjamin Stephenson

United Kingdom

Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 47.2 W x 66.9 H x 0 D in

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The two paintings (Double Bluff I + II) function as a pair; a complement and antithesis to the other. They are based on the trickster figure and its representation as intermediary between the spirit and physical world in various cultures. This figure has taken the form of The Raven in the Indigenous Pacific North-West, Hermes in Ancient Greece, Mercury in Ancient Rome and the Coyote in Navajo culture. Here (s)he is seen as a pair of Mesoamerican ritual vases depicting twin forms of Huēhuecoyōtl, a benign prankster and the god of mischief, uninhibited sexuality, and song.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

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Size:47.2 W x 66.9 H x 0 D in

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Ben Stephenson is a British artist currently living and working in Mexico. His primary medium is painting, although his practice is multidisciplinary and encompasses sculpture, photography and performative installations. Notions of Colonialism and Voyeurism are central themes throughout his work as he investigates the act of looking at/observing the world from a distance and the misinterpretations that entail. For this reason he has traveled from London to work in a different climate and culture with the intentions of absorbing new stimuli as well as reassessing pre-existing ideas of the exotic. Much of the work displayed here is derived from historical narratives, with source imagery in films and photographs being a primary stimulus. Ben has spent the past two years living and working between Colombia and Mexico. His most recent exhibitions include 'FAIN feria' in Monterrey, Mexico, 'Genesis in the Retort' at the Museo de la Ciudad in Queretaro, Mexico, and 'NADA' at Outsiders Gallery in Queretaro, Mexico. He was awarded 1st prize by the Mexican Embassy in London for a collaborative sculpture in the recent Camaradas exhibition at The Koppel Project Exchange in July 2021.

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