Graduate Lecture Series: Aviv Benn


Monday, October 30, 12:15 p.m.
Columbus Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., room 319

Aviv Benn's paintings seem to exist in the fine line between humor and tragedy.
Using expressive, immediate and comical painting language, she captures her feelings and reactions towards life in our current era—a time of anxiety, fear and uncertainty.
She paints a weighty topic in an apparently exaggerated and ironic way and with this juxtaposition, she creates a distance that enables viewers to reflect remotely on their own state of being. People may laugh because they see the irony, or because they recognize that they are facing their own despair and angst.

Aviv Benn (b. 1988, Tel-Aviv) is currently attending the MFA program in Painting and Drawing in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She completed her BFA at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in 2013. Benn had shown her work in solo and group exhibitions in Germany and Tel-Aviv and participated in artist residencies in Berlin and Leipzig.